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ISBN-13: 078-5555054547 ISBN-10: 0764553321 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Packed with sound, practical guidance on how to understand, lead, and mange change. It cuts to the essence of change management and offers plenty of on-point lessons for today's manager."

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"Packed with sound, practical guidance on how to understand, lead, and manage change." Beth Wann, VP, HR, Time Warner Cable Praise for Managing Business Change For Dummies "Organizational change can be filled with stress for the people who must implement the change. The authors provide you with the tools to gain your team's support and keep your team, as well as yourself, effective and calm." Evelyn Greenwald, COO, Creativity For Kids, a division of Faber-Castell

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The pain-free way to help your employees go with the flow Are your employees addicted to the status quo? Relax! Let two experts show you how to change their attitudes about change. From step-by-step advice on communicating effectively with your employees to specific tools for successfully working with their resistance, this practical guide will help you smooth the way for seamless change within your organization.

Discover how to: Pinpoint potential problems and resolve them quickly Promote positive, flexible attitudes Expect the unexpected Brave the unknown Keep cool amidst change Reduce stress

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A good resource for even the seasoned change agent!
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It was easy to follow and had humor added in examples which were beneficial to the content.
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I actually sat and read this book from cover to cover after getting it home.
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"Change," whether it's personal growth or failure, or a business going through evolution, is inevitable. Maybe not at this moment, but at some time "change" must occur. And when it does the status quo will resist it. And the people affected by it will probably incur increased stress levels. Apparently the authors of this book have written it for people who have to deal with "change" or live through it. And I think such people will benefit greatly by reading this book.

In a way this book is a new slant on an old topic. Leaders and managers have to have leadership skills. They have to have people skills, and they have to be somewhat patient. And they have to be able to deal with resistance to change. How do they do this? Well, the authors say by:

1. Managing resistance

2. Managing stress (both theirs and their subordinates'), and

3. Keeping the information flowing

The authors say that most "changes" fail. They point out how important it is to strategize and plan how to create change or deal with change. Did we really need the authors to tell us to strategize and plan? I think not, but by reminding some people of this they fully cover the subject of dealing with "change."

I loved that each chapter had a bulleted summary list of what was included therein. The content of the book was so dense that I especially welcomed seeing those summary lists. There are a total of 24 chapters in this book, so you can see why those summary lists are important. Without them it would be difficult seeing how the whole book ties together.

I would have liked the book better if its overall purpose for existing had been clearer at the beginning of the book. When I finished reading the book I was glad I had read it, but I had (and still have) a problem clearly describing the book in a sentence or two. All in all, I give this book 5 stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2001
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Finally a book about change that isn't written for university professors.You get the Dummies, easy-to-read writing, as well as practical, in-depth information that you can use on the job. (I wish I had this book when we were trying to implement TQM - we would have been more successful.) What made this book so interesting for me was reading about how other managers have struggled with their changes - and why some succeeded and many others failed. Also, I particularly liked the three questionnaires that let me evaluate how change-smart my organization is (not as much as I would like). I guarantee that this book won't sit on a shelf - you'll constantly use it like I am.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2001
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As I was reading this book, at every page I wish that managers in the organization I work read it too. This book is definitely on the top of my gift list for many people I know. This book, in summary, is not just for folks in business, but for everyone, at every stage of life, since we all experiencing changes all the time. When I began reading this book, I was working on a project with short deadline. But I could not put the book down. I am glad. It helped me to think better about what I was doing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Harlow on May 30, 2001
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"Managing Business Change for Dummies" focuses on "change management" as authors Evard and Gipple show readers how the power of resistance can really activate the change process. The book speaks to readers with example after example of successful strategies for managers. It has quotes from veteran managers, celebrities and a variety of short articles about real people who benefit from change. By reading this book, you will learn how to make change work for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tecnova/t coleman on July 26, 2001
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This book was written with working people in mind. It was easy to follow and had humor added in examples which were beneficial to the content. I enjoyed reading this book and feel I learned how companies should deal with change, and why some companies cannot make this transition. It also showed why some companies do make changes successfully and how it is done. I would recommend this book to other professional business people even if they are not considering change at this time. The insight is indispensible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earl Beede on September 22, 2004
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While I have never like the word "dummies" in the series title, I have liked the format and the content. Managing Business Change met my expectations. Typical of this format, it is more broad than deep. However, I appreciate the attention given to resistance. Helpful tips and checklists will make sure you are not completely in the dark when it comes to leading change.

The main drawback I found was the fifth section titled "Taking Care of Yourself" where the authors put for topics on meditation and yoga. Not what I wanted out of the book but easy enough to skip over.

I recommend this book to those who are dealing with minor changes on a daily basis. Mid to lower level managers will benefit most. Higher up on the chain would probably benefit more from Kaplan's work.
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