Book Review – HBRs 10 Must Reads On Change Management

HBR 10 Must Read on Change ManagementIntroduction
This is another book from the HBRs 10 Must Read series. Previously I reviewed the one on leadership. This one deals with Change Management. Written in exactly the same style, the book has 10 articles which were previously published in the Harvard Business Review magazine. One of the great things about these articles is that they are highly practical, based on real life research and contain some really good stories which help to illustrate the principles being taught. The book has 210 pages so it’s not a heavy read, but the articles are of a good quality, so it’s one I will definitely recommend. From a learning and development perspective the book highlights some important facts about change for leaders, such as actions to take when implementing change and barriers to change. As learning and development practitioners most of what we do helps to support change in organisations. It is only right that we have a good understanding of change management ourselves. Following is an article-by-article review of the book. Continue reading

Book Review – Our Iceberg is Melting By John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber

Our Iceberg is meltingIntroduction

If you’ve read books like One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, then you will be familiar with the way this book is written. A story telling style is used to illustrate John Kotter’s eight principles of change outlined in another book, Leading Change by the same author. The characters in this book are, surprisingly penguins and the premise is a threat to the lifestyle of the penguins because their current habitat, the iceberg where they live is melting. The book goes through how the penguins discovered the problem which highlights a need for change and how they then go through the change process using Kotter’s eight principles for change.

Here is a brief review of how the eight principles of managing change by Kotter are illustrated with the Penguins situation. Continue reading

Book Review – Choosing Change by Walter McFarland and Susan Goldworthy

Choosing ChangeIntroduction

Choosing Change by Walter McFarland and Susan Goldsworthy is not your typical change management book. It looks at change from two perspectives. First the individual and then the organization and it argues for the premise that before individuals who lead change can implement change successfully they themselves have to change. Using the Five Ds framework of Disruption, Desire, Discipline, Determination, and Development, the authors outline some key principles necessary for both individual and organizational change.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part written by Susan Goldsworthy, an Executive Coach and former Olympic finalist is titled The Change – Focused Leader, and in five chapters it applies the Five Ds framework to individual change. The second part of the book written by Walter McFarland, a leadership consulting executive and Chairman of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) is called The Change – Focused Organization, and follows a similar pattern to the first part, but  from an organizational perspective. Continue reading

Book Review – Leading Change By John P Kotter


Leading Change by John KotterIntroduction

In 1994 John Kotter wrote an article for Harvard Business Review titled, Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail. The article became one of the most popular ones written for the journal. Kotter later extended the ideas expounded in the article in a book titled, Leading Change, published in 1996. This is the updated and second version of that book. Kotter who has written other books on change and is considered to be one of the top thinkers in the world on the subject has said that this book is not like any of his previous ones. In his own words, “Unlike my previous books, leading change is not filled with footnotes and endnotes. I have neither drawn examples or major ideas from any published source except my own writing nor tried to cite evidence from other sources to bolster my conclusions .” Continue reading