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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (26 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470582138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470582138
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Fullan is a professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He currently serves as Special Advisor in Education to Dalton McGuinty, 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 The Six Secrets of Change, Leading in a Culture of Change, and Turnaround Leadership. He lives in Toronto.

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We live in a challenging, complex, inter–connected and unpredictable world beset by a range of seemingly insoluble problems. But, says Michael Fullan?an internationally acclaimed authority on organizational change?we have an increasing understanding of how to tackle complex change. This involves developing a new kind of leader: one who recognizes what is needed to bring about deep and lasting changes in living systems at all levels. These leaders need a deep understanding of what motivates us as human beings and how we tap into and influence other people′s self–motivation.

In his previous best–selling books The Six Secrets of Change, Leading in a Culture of Change, and Turnaround Leadership, Michael Fullan examined the concepts and processes of change. In Change Leader he turns his focus to the core practices of leadership that are so vital for leading in today′s complex world. He reveals seven core practices for today′s leaders, all of which appear to be deceptively simple but actually get to the essence of what differentiates a powerful leader from one who is merely competent:

  • Practice Drives Theory

  • Be Resolute

  • Motivate the Masses

  • Collaborate to Compete

  • Learn Confidently

  • Know Your Impact

  • Sustain Simplexity

Throughout the book Fullan argues that powerful leaders have built bedrocks of credibility, have learned how to identify the few things that matter most, and know how to leverage their skills in ways that benefit their entire organization. The author shows leaders how to avoid policies and strategies that focus on shallow and short–term goals and develop leadership skills for long–term success.

With a wealth of illustrative examples from business, education, nonprofit, and government sectors Change Leader provides a much–needed leadership guide for today′s turbulent climate.

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I thought I saw some promise in the blurb and chapter headings of this book, but unfortunately it turned out not to be my cup of tea. I really, really don't like pseudo-psychological material presented uncritically or solid research used as evidence in favour of points that go far beyond anything the research supports. The other thing that didn't work for me is the self-contradictory approach of the book. On the one hand it attacks business books and 'theorising' as bad. On the other hand it theorises wildly using the sort of language I associate with sociologists.

I do agree that some great strategies can emerge from finding individuals who are succeeding while most are failing, and working out what the winners are doing. However, the mechanisms and limitations of this need to be examined in much more depth to be convincing. What about situations where nobody has found a solution? What about situations where the solution is not transferable to others?
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By paulbrad VINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2011
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It's taken me a month to get through this book - not because it's long (it isn't at 156 pages) just because it's so dull. I really tried to take in what the author was trying to say but the text is a major turn-off. I am an educationalist and have heard great things about Michael Fullan and his work on "Change" but sadly, this didn't do anything for me. To put it bluntly, it was quasi mumbo-jumbo with new terms and phrases I had never come across before like "simplexity" and others which I found awkward and contrived, like the "disease of distraction" and "multi-tasking is subject to error".
There may be other readers out there who lap up this kind of stuff - but quite honestly, give it a miss or borrow from a library.
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I must admit I am conflicted about this book.

It was not what I expected at all, some of it I found insightful, other bits left me somewhat confused with what looked to me like lots of self justification without any sustaining research. I was expecting a more substantial dialogue with examples supporting the authors view.

It might be me not being able to grasp the content or follow the concepts, but I was left feeling it was a book written to gain sales on a hot topic rather than to assist in a difficult process.
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As a change consultant I have read more books on change leadership than I've had hot dinners. The introduction to this one promised that it would be different and in some respects it is. I warmed to the author's theme on change being something you do and learn from rather than relying on academic theory to show the way. The practical and pragmatic approach, the modelling of desirable behaviours, the need for empathy, are all fundamental to my own approach. However, the author could not resist slipping back into theoretical jargon much of the time and making numerous references to other books on change theory. I would have liked to see more practical and real examples of his approach in practice - some are included but they are limited, with one or two exceptions, to the education sector and unlikely to chime easily with leaders in industry, for example, even though they are relevant. I also noticed that all the jacket testimonials for the book are from people in the education sector and are, I would imagine, colleagues or acquaintances of the author in what is a fairly closed professional environment. If you are a collector of such books you will probably find something new here and I would recommend it to clients, but it is not really ground-breaking.
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By AlanMusicMan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2011
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Perhaps I should have read his other books first, but this book seems rather empty to me. It's not that the ideas and messages in the book are invalid or wrong, but they are repeated over and over in only slightly different ways.

I like the ideas presented, that by acquiring the right skills you will be enabled to lead and motivate people through genuine change in a positive way; that by being careful who you listen to and mix with you will heighten your own effectiveness and progress; that confidence gives you an edge that cannot be got any other way - and so on. But these message are drummed home in various relentless ways at some length making the book rather like one of those awful TV shows where things are stated and re-stated over and over at great length after each ad-break.

So, some good stuff in here, but probably not enough to justify the price. Get it as a library book if you want the best deal. Oh, and I applaud the use of recycled paper (I assume that's what it is) but found the off-white colour of the paper didn't provide very good contrast for low-light reading.
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I must admit that I really struggled with this book. I've been reading around the subject for a while and whilst I agree that organisational change management can be a difficult art/science to master, this isn't really the book that will help you to understand it any better. Although it's not a particularly lengthy volume, it's hard going at times because of the amount of jargon and buzzwords you'll find within. It can make it difficult for the text to flow together and several times I found myself losing the thread of the discussion and having to re-read sections. Perhaps academics might find the language more accessible, but for myself I didn't find the book as useful as I had hoped.
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