Change Leader: Learning to Do What Matters Most Hardcover – 26 Aug 2011
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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
Motivate the Masses
Collaborate to Compete
Know Your Impact
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.See all Product Description
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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?
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.
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.
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 have tried repeatedly to get into this book, in part inspired by its chapter headings, however while some of the information is insightful the rest is somewhat difficult to... Read morePublished on 18 April 2013 by Doug
This is a fairly typical trudge through change management with conceptualisation of varied team resistances and impediments to change dressed up in newspeak and jargon. Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by Daniel Dalton
This book is a gem. In a world that is continually changing, where cultures and societies clash this book helps the reader to understand what motivates people and organisations. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2012 by Amex Angel
Chapter 1 starts well and author provides key points of change together with the following underlying principle: Practice Drives Theory, Be Resolute, Motivate the Masses,... Read morePublished on 28 May 2012 by Dharma Rai
I bought this book having recently completed a managers training course with the focus on managing change. Read morePublished on 24 May 2012 by Trickle Tree
Michael Fullan is an inspirational and challenging author on educational theory, particularly change and change leadership.I'd recommend most of his work unreservedly. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2012 by M. W. Hatfield
I've had this book on my bedside table for a couple of months now. I've found it very hard to read. It sorta starts okay but didn't grip me and, frankly, I've given up.Published on 15 Mar. 2012 by CC
There is real potential in this topic, it is really unusual to find a book about change leadership rather than change management and there are some really incitful observations to... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2012 by Flyboy
Change Leader: Learning to Do What Matters Most By: Michael Fullan is not completely satisfactory. Change Management is a subject that interests me significantly as I work as... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2012 by Amazon Customer