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Getting Change Right. How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out

  • ID: 1368552
  • Book
  • May 2010
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"A terrific book a practical, hands–on guide for managers and organizations interested in making bold changes."

DAN PINK, author of A Whole New Mind and Drive

Praise for Getting Change Right

"What an exciting read! Every page explodes with cutting–edge ideas, practical advice, and the wisdom of experience. Today, so many speak about fear of our rapidly changing conditions. However, as Seth Kahan convincingly demonstrates, by harnessing the power of collaborative relationships, positive transformation is possible everywhere. And he shows us the way!"
KENNETH J. GERGEN, president, the Taos Institute and author, Relational Being

"Organizations recognize the need for change and the relative speed and accuracy that is required for effective execution. The challenge is 'how' to do it. People are the secret ingredient and Seth Kahan clearly offers the path to get you there. This is a must–read 'NOW' for any leader or organization looking to make bold moves in order to stay competitive."
GEORGE A. CASTINEIRAS, senior vice president, Prudential Financial, Inc.

"Break through the standard paraphernalia of most change programs budgets, mandates, plans, PowerPoint, top–down directives, and roll–out. Getting Change Right reveals how big change happens fast by engaging with people and creating conversations that cascade through the organization, igniting widespread energy and enthusiasm."
STEPHEN DENNING, author, The Leader's Guide to Storytelling and The Secret Language of Leadership

"In Getting Change Right, Seth Kahan provides practical advice supported by real–life examples that every leader can use to lead effective change. Seth emphasizes that people, their diverse viewpoints, and their relationships and connections are the real keys to successful change. All leaders transforming their industries and professions can benefit from keeping these important tenets in mind."
CHRIS MCENTEE, CEO, American Institute of Architects

"Seth Kahan delivers that rare blend of wisdom and practicality in an engaging and entertaining read that is at once both blueprint and playbook. If Getting Change Right isn't in your arsenal, odds are you'll get change wrong."
MATTHEW E. MAY, author, In Pursuit of Elegance and The Elegant Solution

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List of Figures.

Foreword (Bill George).


1 Creating Rapid Widespread Engagement

Expert Input: Ken and Mary Gergen on Social Construction and Leading Change.

Expert Input: Steve Denning on Operating Without Budget or Authority.

2 Communicating So People Get It and Spread It.

Expert Input: Rick Stone on the Power of Story.

3 Energizing Your Most Valuable Players.

Expert Input: Jim Wolfensohn on Talking to Everyone.

4 Understanding the of Change.

Expert Input: Madelyn Blair on Storylistening for Reconnaissance.

5 Accelerating Change Through Performance Communities.

Expert Input: Etienne Wenger on Communities of Practice.

6 Generating Dramatic Surges in Progress.

Expert Input: Lesley Shneier on the World Bank′s Knowledge Fairs

7 Breaking Through Logjams.

Expert Input: Larry Forster on the Competency for Collaboration

8 WorkLifeSuccess in the Midst of Change.

Expert Input: John Kotter on the Greatest Positive Impact.

Appendix A: Sample Strategic Engagement Plan.

Appendix B: JumpStart Storytelling.



About the Author.


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Seth Kahan
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