5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2008
This book does not replace the existing literature on change management--in fact it references much of that literature and helps synthesize the thoughts of numerous change management authors. However, this book adds to the existing literature a structured framework that explains the role of organizational change in enabling organizations to achieve strategic goals and objectives. This text presents the "Change Challenge Framework" as a conceptual model to help the reader better appreciate the role of organizational change management. The book then uses this framework as a foundation for an analytical tool enabling change managers to target their efforts to the unique needs of their particular organization.
As a review of much of the existing change management literature, this book provides a valuable resource to the reader new to the topic. However, the analytical tool provides a useful resource even for experts in change management to aid in developing organization-specific change initiatives. As a result of applying the concepts in this book, change management initiatives will be more strategically-aligned and targeted to the specific needs of the organization.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2010
Change management is so much more than just coming up with an idea and taking action. Change management includes clarifying the idea, defining the terrain, defining the strategy, defining a roadmap and tracking progress. All of these phases include the human aspect...initiating change where change is not wanted, avoided, and sabotaged.
This book by Robert Thames takes the best of the best aspects of Change Management. It includes the different types of change, the mechanics, the process, the techniques, the framework and the most important part...dealing with the human side to change. How do you get commitment for all those that need to participate and how do you hold them all accountable is one of the cornerstones to lead the transition or transformation.
This book is a treasure trove of information and suggestions for more detailed research. After reading this book, keep it close at hand. You'll want to refer to it often as you lead and enlighten the lightbulbs that need to change to survive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
This book is invaluable because of its synthesis of the library on change that is on the market. But it goes beyond a simple rehashing of what has been published to lift key points surrounding the need to engage people and in creating real learning organizations. Bob and Doug share excellent stories of change in organizations, sharing simple and challenging points for leaders and employees alike.
This book is an excellent start point in anyone's pursuit of understanding organizational functioning, and the processes associated multidimensional change to make any organization better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2009
As our society continues with the reality of change ONE MUST be willing and open to give consideration of making changes as well. I found this book to provide interesting points and views on the reality that organizational change that is successful usual means a willingness by the individuals involved to be open to change as well. I would highly recommend this publication to ALL that are giving any consideration of restructuring their business, trade, profession. Sit back, read and learn from individuals that have obviously had real life experiences.