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Change Activist: Make Big Things Happen Fast (First Edition) [Paperback]

Carmel McConnell
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19 Feb 2001
Change the world you work in.  Activists make things happen – quickly and effectively. This book shows you how to use activist tools in your working life to get big results, fast. And how success, profit and principles are mutually achievable – yes, you can have a job and give a damn.  Business and personal success come from making big things happen fast. Personal fulfillment comes from doing the big thing – and the right thing – aligning your action with your values. Social activists are experts at both: they know how to grab headlines, to harness passion, to plan effectively, to take people with them, to make a difference. They know how to assume control, be proactive, and build powerful coalitions. This book will:
  • stimulate, entertain and energise
  • offer practical techniques to make you more successful and increase profit for you and your business
  • show you how to get projects buzzing with commitment
  • Help you understand how to campaign passionately and effectively, internally and externally for whatever you want – from a bigger budget to greater awareness for what you are doing
  • show that the holy grails of earning good money and living by your values aren’t mutually exclusive
Activist tools can bring about effective business change. This guidebook delivers tried and trusted techniques based on both corporate and activist experience discover activist thinking – and take a high level of personal responsibility for business outcomes. "This is a manifesto for the consumer with a conscience and the worker who, gasp, enjoys his job.  Carmell McConnell attempts the unthinkable and wrestles self-help from the preserve of bouffanted American gurus and places it in a workabnle context."- Metro

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Momentum; 1 edition (19 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843040034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843040033
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,660,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally an end to the bullshit. Unsentimental, straightforward, to the point. This is the most exciting, best researched self-help book you will ever read.' Susan Hogg, Controller of Drama, Granada TV

'Any person who wants to change something in life - a bad habit, a whole life-style, a toxic way of relating to others- in this book is encouraged, intelligently taught, pushed, inspired and accompanied along the path to success. The process of change is challenging. Without help it can result in impasse. These life coaches are direct, informative, undaunted, patient, tolerant of occasional back-slides and never condescending or simple-minded. The pages abound with helpful case examples from every age and walk of life. To boot, the text is literate, fun and energising to read. The tasks make one get out a pencil and pad to start work right now.'Rosemary H. Balsam, M. D., Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Yale University, U.S.A.

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Every copy of this book that is bought helps feed hungry children! All of the author’s royalties from Change Activist, and an additional royalty from the publisher, go to Magic Breakfast – a child poverty charitable project founded by the author. Whilst writing Change Activist, Carmel discovered that for a staggering 1 in 4 inner city London schoolchildren, the only proper hot meal they received was at school. Many children arrive at school in the morning without having had anything to eat, and too hungry to learn. True to the Change Activist message, Carmel decided to do something about this, and founded Magic Breakfast with the aim of delivering nutritious breakfasts to primary schools, so that any child who otherwise would arrive hungry, can be fed (whether or not they can afford to pay for the breakfast). Now operating in three London boroughs, and hoping to expand rapidly in 2004, Magic Breakfast is delivery bagels and cereals to primary schools in need, with the support of Bagel Factory and Pearson. By buying a copy of Change Activist, you will be directly feeding hungry children – and giving them the chance of a decent start in life.Please encourage friends and family to also buy a copy of Change Activist – it will feed their mind and feed a child too. Thanks for your support in ending child poverty! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change Activist - Make Big Things Happen Fast 21 Feb 2003
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HEAD, HEART AND HAND -
This is really what Change Activist is all about - uniting these three important ingredients in everything you do. Sounds so simple and yet very few of us are actually able to carry it out in the many aspects that make up our lives.
This book is the most magnificent guide of how to make things happen - explaining that there are no limits, really, if we truly believe in something.
Hence, 'Change Activist' is not as the title might suggest on one single subject, isolated to a single area of life and work. Rather it is a philosophy for life, an attitude to life and everything we do living our lives on a daily basis. It is about making the impossible (or what we perceive as being impossible) possible. A possibility if we really want it.
It serves as a reminder to all of us that it is never too late or too impossible to change the way things are if we really want to. A reminder of the fact that we can all make a contribution, however small or big, towards a fairer and more humanistic world and way of life.
It is an inspiration to the ones amongst us who believe that certain things ought to change, and yet feel that we do not quite have the courage or confidence, neither the tools to take action.
Ms McConnell has a writing style that has so much integrity that not for one minute are you left in doubt that this woman means what she says, she is serious about everything she talks about and it is evidenced in the examples given in the book that she lives by the principles that she 'preaches' - quite unlike, I am sure, many other personal development book authors in the market. Her sense and use of humour throughout further proves that here is someone who has learned a few life lessons and yet she maintains a very healthy distance to herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could Carmel McConnell be our answer to Oprah? 9 April 2002
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This is a great self-help book. I have finished a course of study in a new area after having been a lawyer for too many years. I am now trying to find a job and have had a few setbacks recently. I had reached the stage of wondering whether I had made a big mistake to give up my salary to find something more satisfying to do. I had bought this book for my husband (he still hasn't read it) but decided to have a look at it myself. As a result I now have a revived sense of enthusiasm for job hunting plus some ideas on how to do it more effectively. More importantly I have realised that it is not "mad" to want to make changes and to challenge the status quo. I was once told by one of my bosses that I was too idealistic. This book has helped me to see that he was not idealistic enough. If more partners in law firms had read Carmel McConnell's book I might still be a lawyer!
I enjoyed the bright colour of the cover, the difference in print size and type and the easily digestible chunks of wisdom. The exercises are practical-often self-help tasks are so daunting that I give up half-way through. These are manageable but still thought-provoking.
I'm so enthused I'm going to look up the web links listed at the back of the book. That's a first for me.
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This is a truly brilliant book. A mix of stimulation, inspiration and practical advice about making things happen in your work and your life, it really does make you sit up and see clearly what you need to do to get better results in everything you do - and to discover more purpose and more satisfaction too. What sets it apart from other books is that the author has
been there and done it - there's no preaching and lots of practice. And how great that all her proceeds from the book and some of the publishers too, go to the child poverty charitable project Magic Breakfast, that feeds hungry
children in the UK. Highly recommended.
Anne-Marie, Branding & Marketing Consultant, London
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution - this book might change your life 28 Mar 2001
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What an amazing book! Hold on tight while Carmel McConnell takes you on a roller-coaster ride through change management in her own unique way. This book is fun, educational, challenging (very!!) and helps you take a long hard look at your organisation and your role within it. If you have ever felt you are just another number and can't make a difference then be prepared for a very different perspective. A must read for anyone whether you are going through a major change, whether you want to do something for society, or whether you just want to read a thought-provoking book written in a light-hearted way. Remember....angels can fly because they take themselves lightly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything orange is cool - this book included 28 Mar 2001
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Let work be a great thing - this book tells you how. Operate with integrity, in other words all parts of you together at once, rather than "dis-integration". Carmel's book makes working for a corporation sound like operating as an underground revolutionary. Because it is. Also the cartoons in here are micro-works of comic genius. And did anyone else notice that the body shop on Oxford Street gave away its profits on Monday? I like it.
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