7 Books on Managing Change
Resilience is a global theme for the last year. Stress and crisis force us to confront the difficult reality of reacting to change and novel transitions.
How does one bounce back from trials and use those experiences to improve the future? How might a leader create positive change and what challenges may hinder it? Here’s some books to help you reframe upcoming changes.
- The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough (Samuel Bacharach)
Mindsets for how to bring others along with your ideas by their pace of change and openness that lie at the heart of any innovation.
- The Structure of the Scientific Revolutions (James Kuhn)
Though not directly relevant to organizational change, Kuhn shares his perspective on the importance of history in understanding the nature of scientific progress.
- Leading Change (John Kotter)
Stages of leading organization change: creating the environment for change, communicating vision and sustaining change over time.
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (Chip Heath, Dan Heath)
Rationally directing our inner ‘elephant’, the emotional part of us that resists change.
Change is hard because people wear themselves out. And that’s the second surprise about change: What looks like laziness is often exhaustion.
— Chip Health
5. Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen (Dan Heath)
By detecting problems early and expanding the way we foresee problems/build solutions, we can tackle new challenges before they happen and recover from past failures.
6. Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders (John Baldoni)
Real world examples of how motivated leaders from all sectors: from athletics to corporations, empower others through nurturing future leaders.
7. Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently (Caroline L. Arnold)
Instead of sweeping resolutions, make personal, measurable, small goals for long term change.