"Change-friendly Leadership" lives up to its title in every regard, providing a remarkably substantive, comprehensive, realistic, and reader-friendly guide to the art and science of "change" from a true thought-leader and expert practitioner in the field.
Throughout the book, Dr. Duncan offers user-friendly acronyms (e.g., CAST - Champions, Agents, Sponsors, and Targets) and engaging anecdotes from his wide range of consulting clients to frame his recommended actions. The result is a true change framework that is accessible and followable, while also providing the depth and insight of a semester-long graduate course. I'm certain that the text and copious notes I took while reading will serve my organization well as we embark on future change efforts.
What is most remarkable, though, about this book didn't strike me until I was half-way through it. That is, while most guides to change management focus on bringing change to "others," Dr. Duncan starts (and focuses throughout the book) on first changing oneself -- e.g., changing your own behavior to ensure that you model Think-friendly, Talk-friendly, Trust-friendly, and Team-friendly behaviors that set the stage for others in the organization to be open to, supportive of, and embracing of necessary change efforts. This unique (and realistic) perspective is invaluable and undergirds the book's entire framework and message.
"Change-friendly Leadership" is highly recommended for all leaders contemplating change in their organizations (i.e., all leaders). By engaging fully with each page and each stage of change, you'll arrive at the end a stronger leader better-equipped to generate necessary change in a way that is sustainable and meaningful to all stakeholders.
- Hardcover: 279 pages
- Publisher: Maxwell Stone Pub; 1 edition (18 September 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985213507
- ISBN-13: 978-0985213503
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 567 g
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