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Choosing Change: How Leaders and Organizations Drive Results One Person at a Time [Hardcover]

Walter Mcfarland , Susan Goldsworthy
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Book Description

1 Nov 2013

A Soundview Executive Summaries Best Business Book of 2014 and a Silver Medalist in the Axiom Business Book Awards!

If there's one certainty in business today, it's this:Change is coming your way. You have no choice in thematter. The choice you do have is either to embrace itor bury your head in the sand.

In Choosing Change, ASTD Chairman Walter McFarland and leadership executive coach Susan Goldsworthyoffer a proven new model for not just facing inevitable change--but leveraging it as a tool for long-term success. The first step is personal: You must decide that you are going to change; only then can you lead change. From there, the authors present the tactics and strategies you need to compete today.

Organized into two thematic sections, ChoosingChange takes you step-by-step through the authors'dynamic model for leading any company to success. Part I explains how to apply the newest research findings in psychology, neuroscience, and executive development to implement change in yourself. Part II focuses on organizational theory, management, and organizational learning, showing you how to integrate change into your organizational DNA. Each section makes the process easy to understand by breaking it down into the Five Ds:

Disruption: An experience or event that triggers a conscious choice to change

Desire: Committing to goals and deciding upon the change necessary to meet them

Discipline: Consistently taking steps that build the momentum required for sustainable change

Determination: Developing the resilience to focus and deliver even when faced with setbacks

Development: Establishing a system for continuous improvement, feedback, and ongoing learning

If you want to survive and flourish in today's businessworld, you must be prepared to adapt to changingmarketplace circumstances. Sudden changes in markets, society, and the economy have ruined industryleadingcompanies overnight--because they weren't change-focused.

Don't be one of them. Lead yourself and your organization to the top--and stay there--by Choosing Change.


"The most essential talent for successful leaders will be having the capacity for conscious evolution — changing themselves and their organizations for the better. Susan and Walt introduce a fascinating multidisciplinary approach for developing this capacity. If you aspire to be part of the solution, this book can help, big time!" -- Richard Olivier, Artistic Director, Olivier Mythodrama,author of Inspirational Leadership

"How do you respond to change and disruption? Ignore it? Resist it? React to it? Embrace it? Or create it? Choosing Change will help you find your choice point — and when you see and use it you will quickly be able to escape the habits of the past and build for the future." -- Daniel Denison, Professor of Management and Organization, IMD Business School, Chairman, Denison Consulting LLC , author of the Denison OrganizationalCulture Survey and the Denison Leadership Development Surveys

"The only way to succeed today is to change before you need to. Goldsworthy and McFarland draw from over 60 of today's most successful leaders to create anunprecedented road map on exactly how to change before it's too late." -- Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestsellersMOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Thinkers50 Award Winner for Most-Influential Leadership Thinker in the World

"An outstanding contribution to the literature on leadership and change. In fact, their focus on both is unique. I recommend Choosing Change highly." -- Michael Watkins, international bestselling author of The First 90 Days, cofounder of Genesis Advisers, Professor IMD Business School

"Change. Or be changed. This amazing book takes a deep dive into helping leaders create new possibilities -- for themselves and for their entire organizations." -- Patrick Sweeney, President of Caliper, coauthor ofthe New York Times bestseller Succeed on Your Own Terms

"There were good books about personal change and good books about organizational change. Choosing Change is a great book linking the two domains and giving you the tools you need to succeed on both fronts." -- Jean-Francois Manzoni, Shell Chaired Professor of Human Resources and Organisational Development and Professor of Management Practice, INSE AD, author of the award-winning The Set-Up to Fail Syndrome

“Goldsworthy and McFarland’s five principles make it easy to integrate change into your organization's DNA. The foundational knowledge in this book is critical for those who hope to successfully lead their organizations into the future.” -- T+D Magazine

“A must-read!” -- People & Strategy

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071816240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071816243
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Goldsworthy is an international executive coach, award-winning author, and former Olympic finalist with extensive global business experience. She coaches and speaks internationally on the topics of executive development, leadership, and change.

Walter McFarland is the 2013 Chairman of ASTD and a consulting executive focused on the leadership of large-scale organizational change. He is a former Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Read 23 Dec 2013
By C Abl
An inspiring read covering a range of interesting and thought provoking approaches to change, both personal and organizational. This book challenged me to think differently, offering practical and current approaches to analysing and improving the way I manage change. This is a highly recommended read for those seeking to improve how they embrace and manage change as well as how they perform and understand themselves as individuals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Five D's are Awesome! 17 Dec 2013
I really enjoyed learning about the 5 D's: Disruption, Desire, Discipline,Determination and Development. These are not only techniques, but principals to adopt and implement in business and personal life (family and friends). I highly recommend this book for business and personal growth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this book if nothing needs to be changed in your organization 17 Nov 2013
By chantal gardner - Published on
There are plenty of books on change management. This one does stand out by its pedagogical approach. Drawing on latest neuroscience researches, it explains very clearly why we sometimes resist change. It also provides lots of real life examples and offers pragmatic and easy to implement solutions to facilitate positive changes. All this is nicely organized in a 5-step model that can be used both by individuals and organizations. As a change management consultant, I already started using it with my clients. They particularly loved to hear how the brain works, I think I scored when I did explain it.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, practical, insightful. 14 Feb 2014
By Tim - Published on
Change is inevitable and you have got to be prepared in order to maximize the effectiveness of change. Are you prepared to change? To be proactive? And to leverage change for greater long term success? This book provides a great framework to think about change and take action. I also appreciated the approach that change begins with the individual and expands to the broader organizational context. The authors do a terrific job pulling together complex topics into an understandable, practical model for change. A real strength of the book comes from the authors including relevant experiences to reinforce their points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Change management that works ! 12 Feb 2014
By Dr. Paul Vanderbroeck - Published on
Based on real experience as well as bringing together results from latest research and proven change and development models, this book addresses both individual leaders' and organizational needs. A helpful toolbox for anyone wanting to design and implement a workable change strategy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceedingly glad I chose to read Choosing Change! 11 Feb 2014
By Patrina - Published on
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I highly recommend this book for everyone . . . it inspirationally makes the case for the importance of change beginning with the individual while providing a framework for creating meaningful, sustainable change on a broader scale. The book is both incredibly easy to read because of it's conversational tone and instructional because of the depth and breadth of content. McFarland is as conversationally elegant on paper as he is in person. I especially enjoyed Goldsworthy's "The Five Ds" expanded to create a framework for thinking about the most important elements in any change effort - at the individual, team, and organizational levels. McFarland and Goldworthy compellingly make the case for the importance of a new mindset to support successful lifelong learning, growth and improvement. This is considerably more than another book on change management - it is a book on how to be the change we want to see in the world while envisioning a world that supports individual and collective greatness.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a superior book on change. 20 Jun 2014
By Marilee Adams - Published on
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Few books get this so right--that organizational change without individual change cannot work--especially over the long run. Choosing Change should become a standard text for change practitioners, students and scholars. It will be required reading for my graduate leadership students at American University.
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