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Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accounta bility for Results Paperback – June 26, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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justify suffering through the long winded “real-life” examples that compose the bulk of most chapters; specifically the outdated concepts that are the core of the material presented, the oversimplification of the information’s utility as applicable to all business cultures, and the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.Read more ›
Then I discovered the authors apparently already wrote two books on accountability, and, they used messages from those books in ways that I could not understand because I had not read their other books.
Overall, I felt taken advantage of, because most of all the material was presented in unintuitive ways that has nothing to do with culture in the Organizational Development context.
Nonetheless I give them 5 stars on shameless self promotion and trickery. 0 stars on useful content.
PS: the discussion of culture has roots in behavioral science; culture = an organization's shared values and principles. I also did a word search using "value" and found it is used 19 times. Unfortunately the authors did not explore value in the behavioral context in any of its mentions.
PPS: can't wait to see their next release :)
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Examples make it a very good read. It is a must read for future leaders. It clearly shows what it takes to be at the topPublished 18 days ago by Kandaswamy Munukoti
If you read or are reading The Oz Principal read this one right after. It will be your how to guide for change.Published 2 months ago by Kim White
This book is an absolute game changer. Highly recommend it!Published 3 months ago by Laura Hein-Cumper
Thank you. Exactly as advertised and delivered as expected.Published 4 months ago by Thomas D. Connell
Bought the book for work. Recommended read if you are required to take employee class.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer