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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614483000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614483007
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drs. Grady have written the playbook for understanding how change truly impacts an organization - and why employees react the way they do. Their take is not only smart and timely, it's essential for understanding and navigating the upheaval of business life.
-Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor and Co-Founder, POLITICO

Book Description

Resistance to change is a flawed description of the challenge that we all face as employees. The Pivot Point offers a unique perspective on organizational change and the nature of its impact on individual employees that is not new in its origin, but in its application. The problem with change is not necessarily the addition of a new, but the threatened loss of the existing---the removal of the support we ALL lean on to complete our daily work tasks.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By spencer f. rowan, jr. on August 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Pivot Point provides answers for why the majority of organizational change initiatives fail. Victory Grady and James Grady apply psychological insights about individual behavior to address organizational challenges. To remain competitive in today's world, businesses and NGOs need to change frequently. Employee resistance to change is normal. Anxiety can lead to lower morale; frustration can cause loss of productivity; employees can stop caring and motivation suffers; anger can cause conflict. As the Gradys note the consequences can include sabotage, absenteeism and higher turnover. I've consulted for large corporations where employees mourn the loss the "good old days" even though those times were not good at all. This book is a valuable tool for addressing the psychological dynamic in change initiatives. I highly recommend it.
Ford Rowan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Ives on February 23, 2013
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The Pivot Point by Drs. Victoria and James Grady is a business novel presenting a unique perspective on effectively implementing organizational change based on group and individual psychodynamics. Within their book, Victoria and James examine decades of research into the ways individuals cope with loss and then relate these principles to the business environment. They conclude by providing methods for identifying and dealing with group and individual loss factors and reactions such that the desired organizational change can be implemented with a minimal loss of organizational effectiveness and productivity.

I like The Pivot Point for its unique perspective on the group and individual psychology associated with organizational change. Victoria and James’s point of view is deeply rooted in decades of sound academic research and refined by real world experiences. Not only did we find their assertions compelling, they matched our decades of group and individual observations and experiences.

The Pivot Point also provides methods for better dealing with these psychological challenges of change. The book prescribes implementable methods to address both the group and individual resistance factor in a constructive manner that is respectful of organizational personnel while at the same time progressive of the needed change. In some instances, however, change tools such as change readiness surveys appeared to lack the detail necessary to be immediately implementable and instead would require the services of Drs. Grady’s organization to complete. I would have preferred to have had the book be more complete in these areas.

The Pivot Point provides a refreshingly new perspective on making effective organizational change that is well aligned with the philosophies espoused by StrategyDriven. For this reason, The Pivot Point is a StrategyDriven recommended read.

All the Best,
Nathan Ives
StrategyDriven Principal
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Riccardi on August 11, 2012
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This book is a quick read and an excellent demonstration of where other change management strategies fall short. Drs. Victoria and James Grady focus on people at the center of change - which is where the focus should be. One of my biggest issues as a change management consultant is that the methodologies out there today are so focused on process, and if they address the people who have to deal with change, it is considered an afterthought. Here, the focus is on why people are so resistant to change and how organizations can clearly identify and pinpoint the symptoms, both individual and organizational, and begin to address them.

We all have heard it around the water cooler at the office, at lunch, or after work, a colleague who is frustrated with their job, doesn't want to engage in their work anymore, takes "mental health days", etc. All of these are individual symptoms of resistance to change. When enough employees feel resistance you see issues like increased absenteeism and turnover or decreased morale and productivity.

The Loss of Effectiveness Index is the tool an organization can use to identify these issues and address them before they become organizational issues.

Everyone will be able to identify with at least one or two of the characters in the book and understand what is truly at the center of resistance to change: people.

A great breakthrough in change management!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chaz on January 2, 2013
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This was a fast read, but is full of good information so truly deserves a second and third read. By using story-telling, the authors introduce situations that keep the reader evaluating and analyzing. I found the concept of workplace attachment and its impact on change very fascinating. Change is a daily occurrence for IT professionals, and I'm hopeful that this understanding will have a major, positive impact on future projects and enterprise roll-outs. This should be required reading before embarking on any major organizational changes.
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