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The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thriveby Michael Fullan
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The Six Secrets of Change
It is commonly acknowledged that successful organizations adjust quickly and intelligently to shifts in consumer tastes, political climate, and economic opportunity. But how are some able to succeed at change while so many others fail? In The Six Secrets of Change, Michael Fullan lays out key factors that allow an organization to sustain meaningful change.
In this book Fullan explores essential lessons for business and public sector leaders for surviving and thriving in today's complex environment. He draws on his acclaimed work in bringing about large-scale and substantial change in education reform in both public school systems and universities, as well as engaging in major change initiatives internationally. The Six Secrets of Change is filled with lessons that are insightful, actionable, and concisely communicable. These lessons are "secrets" not because there is a conspiracy to hide them from public view, but because they are often difficult to grasp in their deep meaning, and challenging to appreciate and act on in combination. Fullan makes these so-called secrets accessible and useful and offers illustrative examples from a variety of businesses, health organziations, and public education systems.
The author reveals what it takes to increase the chances of bringing about deep and lasting change and shows how misleading and dangerous it sometimes is to take advice from seemingly successful organizations. His secrets are simple but profound: Collegiality cannot be left to chance—it must be deliberately cultivated. Long-range plans must allow for the possibility of unknown opportunities.?Employees must be developed and nurtured.?Learning opportunities must be offered frequently. Leadership potential must be developed at all levels.?And positive pressure must be inescapable.?Fullan convinces us that a leader who attends to all these things will have an organization that is constantly learning, growing, and thriving.
Book News Annotation:
Fullan (education, University of Toronto, emeritus) offers executives six initiatives for improving an entire organization: love your employees, connect peers with purpose, build capacity, learn at work, encourage transparency, and think as a system. Examples from a variety of businesses and from health and public education systems are provided. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fullan lays out the factors that allow an organization to sustain meaningful change: Collegiality must be cultivated, long-range plans must allow for the unknown, employees must be nurtured, learning must occur frequently and be developed at all levels, and positive pressure must be inescapable.
From bestselling author Michael Fullan, wisdom for thriving in today's complex environment
Successful organizations adjust quickly and intelligently to shifts in consumer tastes, political climate, and economic opportunity. How do they do it? The Six Secrets of Change explores essential lessons for business and public sector leaders for thriving in today's complex environment. Fullan draws on his acclaimed work in bringing about large-scale and substantial change in education reform in both public school systems and universities, as well as engaging in major change initiatives internationally. This book is filled with lessons that are insightful, actionable, and concisely communicable.
"Fullan has an uncanny ability to produce what is needed at the time it is needed. The six secrets are based in theory, grounded in practice, powerful in their relationship to each other, and described in ways that enable deep understanding. It is a refreshing change from the surface lists of leadership and change ideas that all too often permeate education and business literature." —Vicki Phillips, director of education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Fullan convinces us that a leader who attends to all six key factors will have an organization that is constantly learning, growing, and thriving.
About the Author
Michael Fullan is professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He currently serves as special advisor in education to the premier of Ontario. Recognized as a worldwide authority on organizational change, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. Fullan is the author of Leading in a Culture of Change and Turnaround Leadership.
Table of Contents
About the Author.
Introduction: Have Theory, Will Travel.
Secret One: Love Your Employees.
Secret Two: Connect Peers with Purpose.
Secret Three: Capacity Building Prevails.
Secret Four: Learning Is the Work.
Secret Five: Transparency Rules.
Secret Six: Systems Learn.
Conclusion: Keeping the Secrets.
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