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Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accounta bility for Results Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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"Lloyd James expertly narrates [this]…book on organizational effectiveness. His comfortable performance softens the book's serious intentions." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Roger Connors and Tom Smith are co-founders of Partners in Leadership, an international management consulting firm with thousands of clients in almost all major industries. They are also the co-authors of the prequel to this book, The Oz Principle, and the follow-up book, How Did That Happen?
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Leading Change, James O'Toole suggests that much (most?) of the resistance to change initiatives is the result of what he so aptly characterizes as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom." Roger Connors and Tom Smith fully agree. In a previous collaboration, The Oz Principle, they explain how to get desired results through individual and organizational accountability. They introduce "Steps to Accountability," a sequence of actions: See It (i.e. recognize what must be done), Own It (i.e. make an investment in as well as a commitment to getting it done), Solve It (i.e. recognize and eliminate barriers with whatever resources may be needed), and Do It (i.e. producing the right results in the right way, as promised). Connors and Smith also suggest that people tend to live and work (most of the time) either above or below "The Line" that divides accountable behavior from behavior that is not.

As they note, "We use the term `result,' rather than `goal' because result implies that either you will achieve something or that you have already achieved it. In contrast, `goal' suggests that you would like to have something happen, but might not accomplish it. A goal tends to be hopeful and directional, but not absolute." In this context, I reminded of what Thomas Edison observed long ago: "Vision without execution is hallucination." Apparently the Yoda agrees: "Do or do not. There is no try."

Connors and Smith devote Part One (Chapters 1-5) to explaining how to create a Culture of Accountability, define the results to be achieved, take effective action to produce them, identify core believes that guide and direct behavior, provide experiences that support efforts, and reinforce results to sustain their beneficial impact.
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OK... 15 Reviews total so far, 12 of them- all 5* on Jan 4, release day. Imagine the coincidence :).

And yes, I actually DO own the book. It is a decent book among a crowded shelf of business management self-help books. Not worth the 5* sweep though.
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This is a review of Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results, by Roger Connors and Tom Smith. The target audience of the book is business professionals interested in developing a culture of accountability within an organization. In my opinion the strengths of this book are few, though conceptually the authors propose a foundational, though rudimentary, structure describing how one might go about inciting cultural change. That said, there are too many weaknesses to justify suffering through the long winded “real-life” examples that compose the bulk of most chapters; specifically the outdated concepts that are the core of the material presented, the oversimplification of the information’s utility as applicable to all business cultures, and the incessant lists, methods and systems the authors advertise as essential to the process of instilling a culture of accountability. There are so many better choices in this field of study that I cannot comfortably recommend the book; not even as foundational reference material.

• Who is the book written for?

The book is written in such a way that makes me suspect that the authors were providing high level leaders something to distribute among their subordinate managers as required reading when approaching the topic of change management through cultural development. Therefore, I was not surprised at the many customer reviews stating that they were, in fact, encouraged by a manager or boss to give it a read and explain the large brush strokes to their direct reports and teams.
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I was really hoping to see something new and insightful here but as I read through each page in anticipation, nothing ever developed. this is the same old stuff in a new cover. nothing new here. Seems to me to be the operating model of most authors - write a book, wait a few years - update with a new cover. Smith and Connors need some new ideas.
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Today's business world is more focused on people than product, you need to change your way of looking at things to move forward. This book has some great insights as to the changing culture of the new business world.
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Change The Culture Change The Game is a powerfully inspired addition to The Oz Principle and How Did That Happen. This book introduces the methodology for efficiently and effectively changing the way people think and act throughout an organization to make certain that they achieve their key results...now! Mr. Connors and Mr. Smith have taken the concept of Creating a Culture of Accountability to a new level by demonstrating how to accelerate cultural change. This is required reading for any leader who must keep his organization,(or family) competitive and focused. I have found that the impact of greater accountability and the acceleration of change in the way people think and act has not only improved my work "life" but has also greatly improved me as a leader, husband, father and son. The stories of actual people and organizations in the book demonstrated clearly to me how to use the models to achieve rapid, results oriented change.

This is a Must Read!
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