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Beyond the Wall of Resistance: Why 70% of All Changes Still Fail--and What You Can Do About It Paperback – June 16, 2010
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Finally, the book is poorly written, in my opinion. It often wanders from the subject at hand to make obsure references - e.g., Groucho Marx movies and the third century emperor Pyrrhus. These references are distracting, and inappropriate in a book designed for corporate managers who have little time to read as it is.
Years ago my director at the time told me point blank that change was always good. What universe did he inhabit? From that point on I ceased to trust him altogether, an extreme but sadly justified decision. So when I read Rick Maurer's Beyond the Wall of Resistance I was looking for vindication above all else. I found it in Chapter 5, "Ignore the Context at Your Peril." Change can be difficult and resistance is definitely not always wrong.
However, change is also the only way most things get better. Frequently change is far from discretionary, indeed it is essential for survival. Furthermore, especially when it is an unforced option, change represents our best chance at extensive lasting positive improvement. For instance, consider Stephen Covey's second quadrant in his time management matrix. Rick Maurer examines the three most important aspects of change goals, intentions and process. He offers an interesting array of ways to consider change, and in particular with resistance to change.
To begin with, change as a human phenomenon is a perceived process. We begin in the dark, then we see the challenge, get started, roll out our response and examine the results before moving on to the next change. At any point in the cycle we may have to struggle with resistance which may delay or derail our progress. However, unless that resistance leads to disturbing results or becomes entrenched, it should be accepted and sometimes embraced. Better results ensue when compromise begets innovation.Read more ›
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I had to use this book for my BA study project dealing with change management. The book is well written and the overall concept on Resistance is great. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Leyla Atke
Just not a lot here. You can find online a paper by Maurer on the same topics that gives you 90% of the content in less than 10% of the pages. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Douglass W List
A few good concepts. Tons of cocktail conversation advice that grows wearisome.Published 21 months ago by Mariposa
While reading this book I had some very specific situations come to mind. Now I understand why my change attempts failed in those situations. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Paul Benedetta
The clear explanations give practical examples that you can relate to immediately. It pictures resistance (own and others) in a way that you can not deny. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Derkinderen-Borremans