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4.0 out of 5 stars A passionate appeal for personal change, September 6, 1997
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This review is from: Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within (The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series) (Hardcover)
Ghandi would be proud. This book if for all the bosses that rant and rave about how everyone else needs to change. The author of this book says that organizational change begins with the "man in the mirror," and that time is of the essence.

The book is easy to read, lots of white space for you to spit or cry when the author leads you down one more set of reasons why we must all take up profound personal change at some time in our life. If not, he argues, we face a slow psychological death. The author also helps us recognize that we're really laughing at ourselves when we read Dilbert in the morning funnies.

The author is a well-respected academic, which makes his message even more impressive (and he gives several examples of leading change in higher education). For those of you still yearning for the joys of graduate school, fear not, he doesn't miss the chance for some self-promotion of his prior research on organizational values. It adds some rigor to his ideas.

Generation Xers are not likely to find this book very helpful, it reaches out much more effectively to those 40-somethings still searching for a singular formula for life and leadership. Each chapter ends with 1-2 pages of self-reflective questions. There are 2 or 3 gut grabbers, but by and large you'll still need to keep your therapy appointment to figure out how to use Quinn's ideas in your daily life.

A wonderful by-product of reading this book is the chance to steal his wonderful quotes and pick up some new phrases (e.g., "getting lost with confidence"). He also describes several exercises that can be used (there's a great case study about a couple where only one person is a non-smoker) and he outlines an interesting leadership development program from the University of Michigan.

Overall, this book requires little investment and really gets you thinking. If your life as a successful leader isn't helping you be all the you can be, then put this one in your shopping cart!
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