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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (16 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118152603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118152607
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Fullan is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and is special adviser on education to Dalton McGuinty, the premier of Ontario.He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from Nipissing University in Canada. Fullan served as dean of the faculty of education at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 2003, leading two major organizational transformations, including a merger of two large schools of education. He is currently working as adviser and consultant on several major education reform initiatives around the world. He bases his work on research and practice on both the public and private sectors, finding an increasing convergence in this literature. He has written several bestsellers on leadership and change that have been translated into several languages. Four of his books have won book-of-the-year awards. His latest books are The Six Secrets of Change, Realization (with Lyn Sharratt), and Motion Leadership: The Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy.

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"Fullan′s practical guide is a lucid and encouraging book, likely to appeal to and assist managers at all levels." (Publisher′s Weekly, 03/20/08)

Fullan (Leading in a Culture of Change) argues that the world is too complex for any theory to possess unassailable certainty, and leaders should shy away from relying on a single blueprint for success. Instead, good leaders should use theories of action to guide their decisions, but remain open to new data that may direct further action. Fullan advocates adopting “theories that travel”—practical insights that travel across sectors, geography and culturally diverse situations and point to actions likely to be effective given the circumstances. To help managers navigate change, Fullan shares six secrets designed to help with large–scale reform: “Love Your Employees, “Connect Peers with Purpose,” “Capacity Building Prevails,” “Learning Is the Work,” Transparency Rules” and “Systems Learn,” and provides guidelines for making these secrets work. Although the six secrets are hardly radically new ideas and are presented as a bit of panacea, Fullan’s practical guide is a lucid and encouraging book, likely to appeal to and assist managers at all levels. (May.) (Publishers Weekly, March 17, 2008)

"Fullan’s practical guide is a lucid and encouraging book, likely to appeal to and assist managers at all levels." (Publishers Weekly, March 17, 2008)

“Readable and challenging.” CPO Agenda June 2008

"...fascinating book" (Headteacher Update, November 2008) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By Rachel Metcalf on 6 Jan. 2015
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A quick, yet highly engaging read, that is a "must read" for any leader or aspiring leader. Fullan encourages the reader to be reflective of the six secrets and at times critically evaluate their application. As a school leader I found the book insightful, thought-provoking and read it from cover to cover in one day.

It earned a five star rating as it offers practical insights for managing change in a variety of sectors and is a jargon-free enjoyable read.
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By Amazon Customer on 16 July 2012
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Excellent book. Makes you think & reflect on what actually works in an organisation.

Strongly recommend it for anyone in leadership.
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Six Secrets of Change 27 Dec. 2011
By Robert T. Hess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Up until this point, most of Fullan's writing has been about school and district reform. This book breaks the mold and looks at organizations--and what great organizations do differently to sustain great results over time. The book is full of references, and one of the books quoted often is, Firms of Endearment. This book is apparently the next Good to Great and highlights businesses that outperformed the companies featured in Collin's seminal work.

Due to Fullan's deep experiences and backgrounds working in schools, the secrets he shares can easily be applied to schools, and there are many school stories throughout it's pages. I won't keep you in suspense any more, the Six Secrets are as follows:

1. Love Your Employees

2. Connect Peers with Purpose

3. Capacity Building Prevails

4. Learning is the Work

5. Transparency Rules

6. Systems Learn

This is a book every superintendent should read. It will help you to take the long view toward school and district improvement and give you plenty of fresh ideas about how to make your organization the best it can be.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fullan finds the secrets 2 May 2008
By Dr. John Booth - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Fullan has been working to discover change secrets for years allowing him to amass an extensive data base on the subject. His depth of understanding provides a unique view for the change agent of today. An intriguing aspect of the book is how Fullan goes beyond the work of Collins book Good to Great. If you are a fan of G2G you will appreciate the Six Secrets and how it moves change to the next level. This book will give you ideas to contemplate.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An excellent leadership essential 2 May 2011
By Diane Lange - Published on Amazon.com
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Successful leadership is defined in part, by how effectively a leader can lead an organization through change. Fullan's 6 Steps are common sense essentials that are all too often forgotten or overlooked in practice. This is a must read for any manager or leader to reacquaint oneself with these essentials to ensure the smoothest transitions during the difficult times of organizational change.
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Fullan and reform 5 Nov. 2012
By sherry - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Fullan as always was direct and uncompromising on what works to create change. Since I am working on my dissertation, which is on educational reform, I have been reading lots of Fullan. My only criticism of this book is that there are so many lists- 6 secrets, 10 reasons, 5 barriers, 3 forces,all in the first chapter, that I got lost. It may have been easier to follow in a text rather than the Kindle version. But Fullan is definitely the best writer/researcher on educational reform.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fullan At His Finest 19 July 2010
By David A. Moyer - Published on Amazon.com
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All school leaders and business leaders as well should read this as part of their professional reading. Fullan, as usual, focuses on building a culture that can sustain change. Some of the people who rely on pop wisdom for guidance, should check out Fullan's work. The themes in this book generalize easily across all settings, public and private.
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