MNCMN members have found the following articles and books both interesting and worthwhile. The reviews, written by our membership, are intended not only to provide insight into the content of the book or article; but, also to show how that work helped a particular member with a particular professional development issue in a specific way. The goal is that you will learn a little bit about a book, a lot about our members, and be motivated to find out more about both.
To Review Books / Articles: Submit your review to the Professional Development committee. Reviews should be at least 5 paragraphs in length (between 400 - 1000 words). Reviews should be focused on what professional issue or question you faced individually and how the specific piece being reviewed helped you overcome that hurdle and how you developed as a professional after reading the work.
Contents of this book include a discussion of each of the Critical Success Factors for effective implementation. These focus on the Organization (Define Success, Assess Organizational Environment), the Employee (Manage Risk and Resistance, Rewards and Consequences, Employee Engagement) and Sustainability (Communicate, Monitor and Sustain). Additionally, you will be exposed to a plethora of both blank and sample tools used in conjunction with these Critical Success Factors. A popular seller at the 2011 ODN Conference, the Implementation Effectiveness Handbook is informative, yet fits in your pocket and is a must have for any change practitioner!
This Third Edition to Peter Block’s Flawless Consulting addresses business changes and new challenges since the second edition was written ten years ago. It tackles the challenges next-generation consultants face, including more guidance on how to ask better questions, dealing with difficult clients, working in an increasingly virtual world, how to cope with complexities in international consulting, case studies, and guidelines on implementation. Also included are illustrative examples and exercises to help you cement the guides offered.
A comprehensive look at what it really takes to lead transformation successfully, written by two of the “masters of the craft.” The author’s best-selling first edition has been significantly updated to deliver critical insights about how leaders can achieve breakthrough results from transformational change, even in these challenging times. The book introduces conscious change leadership and provides insights about the critical human and change process dynamics that leaders must be aware of in order to succeed, and reveals why most leaders do not see these dynamics. Most importantly, it highlights the shift in worldview leaders must make to deliver greater success.
Solving the Mystery of Leading People Through Change
Every day organizations around the world launch change initiatives—often big, expensive ones—designed to improve the status quo. Yet 50 to 70 percent of these change efforts fail. A few perish suddenly, but many die painful, protracted deaths that drain the organization’s resources, energy and morale.
The business world is transforming. Stories of layoffs, bankruptcy, mergers, and restructuring appear in the news every day. When these changes hit the workplace, the actual situational shifts are often not as difficult for employees and managers to work through as the psychological components that accompany them. Indeed, organizational transitions affect people; it is always people who have to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding change.
Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed.
Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?
In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course.