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Breaking Free: A Prescription for Personal and Organizational Change (Jossey-Bass Business & Management)by David M. Noer
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David Noer, a respected expert on the psychological effects of downsizing, is well known among executives, managers, and the business media for his methods in treating "layoff survivor sickness". Now, in Breaking Free, he introduces clear and accessible concepts for identifying ways of responding to change in today's work environment. Using detailed examples and engaging case studies, Noer describes four categories that characterize how individuals and organizations respond to change: the Overwhelmed, who withdraw from change or conflict; the Entrenched, who cling to the past and to behaviors that are no longer effective; the BSers, who try to con themselves and others with lots of swagger and little substance; and the Learners, who positively engage in change, constantly learning new and more relevant skills. Holding up the image of the learner as the attainable ideal, Noer shows how to help those in the other categories pursue the learning path. The goal, he emphasizes, is to develop and maintain learning organizations that are responsive to change and appealing to the insightful, adaptive employees who will ensure the firm's survival.
David Noer, bestselling author of Healing the Wounds and the undisputed expert on the psychological effects of downsizing, prescribes a new cure for job insecurity?offering today's nervous workforce guidance on how to take control of their current jobs and future careers. He examines the environment in which organizations such as AT&T, IBM, and Boeing continue the trAnd of massive layoffs? and describes four categories that characterize how individuals as well as organizations respond to change.Drawing from hundreds of examples, Noer defines the realities, boundaries, and undiscovered opportunities of the new employer-employee pact and offers practical steps for succeeding in today's changing workplace. Valuable for anyone from senior executives to recent college graduates, Breaking Free encourages us to let go of the familiar and look to a self-directed future with openess and excitement.
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The best-selling author of Healing the Wounds writes another prescription for our transition-induced ailments. Here he addresses the self-defeating ways people and organizations react to rapid, seemingly relentless change, and advocates a steady diet of learning as the surest way to break free. Associating various responses to change with four character types — The Overwhelmed, The Entrenched, The BSers, and The Learners — the author holds up The Learners as the attainable ideal...and shows how to help those in the other categories pursue the learning path. The ultimate goal: to facilitate transition to a more flexible, self-directed workplace.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-254) and index.
About the Author
DAVID M. NOER is vice president for training and education at the Center for Creative Leadership. He has consulted extensively both in the United States and abroad, particularly in Northern Europe.
Table of Contents
STRUGGLING WITH THE NEW REALITY.
The Quest for Glue.
DEALING WITH CHANGE: THE R-FACTOR TYPES.
RELATING INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL R-TYPES.
Assessing Organizational R-Types.
Facilitating the Learning Response.
LEARNING TO LEARN.
Appendix A. A Frame of Reference.
Appendix B. R-Factor Geneology.
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