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Architects of Change: Practical Tools to Build, Lead and Sustain Organizational Initiatives Paperback – July 14, 2015
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"In the book, 'Architects of Change: Practical Tools for Executives to Build, Lead and Finish Organizational Initiatives', Jim has done the research for everyone involved in change management and put it into an applicable toolkit for utilization. It's so important to remain relevant in whatever industry you are a part of and changing to do so requires those who know how to Build, Lead and Finish organizational initiatives to ensure your company grows and remains strong through every level in the organization." Steve Meyers, Director, Central US * Field Service, Vivint
As a master architect of change management, Dr. Bohn has provided a clear, actionable process for those responsible for guiding change in any organizational setting.
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Executives and leaders develop organizational strategy that leads to major change. While leaders are often competent in sales, finance and marketing, change management skills learned in MBA courses are often forgotten when executives launch new organizational initiatives. And yet, change management skills are critical for effective implementation of new programs.
There is a need for executives to master and use specific change skills to ensure an ROI in both financial and human terms. That's what this book is all about. This is the heart of change sponsorship - the effort of leadership must take to make the change part of organizational DNA. This is not a book about change tools or techniques - it is a call to leaders to use their leadership to ensure their organization achieves what it set out to do. The Architect is someone who designs, builds, and leads a structure to completion. The same concepts are true in managing change. There is no time where Architects take their eye off the project, even though many others are doing the work.
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If you are currently working on such a project, you should read this book. You will be better prepared to recognize symptoms of potential issues that may derail the project as they occur.
If you are planning a project with business impact you should read this book and seriously consider the guidelines it contains. It will increase your chances of success.
Jim is quite frankly my favorite kind of business author - an research-based academic who has spent a substantial portion of his life in the private sector practicing effective leadership and change management. Consequently much of what he writes is easy to digest for those of us who contextualize things based on our experience leading teams and organizations. In the midst of reading his book I often found myself drawing mental lines between this book and the works of Jim Collins and those of my late friend and mentor John Ivancevich.
The book plainly lays out a few key but often overlooked concepts around change management and then presents a rubric for success. It is particularly successful in imprinting a manner of thinking around change management which is at the very core of a successful change endeavor. For example, stakeholder communication is a known factor and quantity for virtually every leader who has prosecuted an effective change; this isn't news. This book distinguishes itself by pointing out the importance of understanding in advance the nature, scope, and frequency of these messages and how they can effectively mow down barriers in advance of change. While we are still very early in the process of actually implementing our change, I can say that this book was highly effective in breaking through psychologically to my own senior leadership team and we couldn't have a better start in this regard.
Much business literature these days focuses on general leadership ideas contextualized in the modern world, with the practicality and inevitability of change management glossed over. Consequently I had been looking for some time for a book which succinctly and powerfully delivers a way to get my arms around this most important element in any leadership initiative. This quality of this book has exceeded that aspiration.
I wanted to say thank you, the book is amazing.
Expressing the assumptions at the beginning is great, making sure the reader is on board with the book and on the same page of the purpose.
It feels like it was written for management, to help them implement on their own or what to ask a consultant. Assistance to plan the little steps still may be necessary, but this is the framework to get there.
You emphasize very essential parts such as the need to focus on the wins of a situation. The "who you need" for a project can help in getting the A team even when there is a small loss for greater gains.
In chapter 6, your emphasis on maintaining a psychological contract is helpful, even without naming it as such.
I do like the quote "if you push, people shove" as well as the reference to martial arts.
The case study was beautiful, mostly because it wasn't an idyllic change, but addressed the hiccups in implementation.
Overall, this won't be hard to recommend, it'll be useful in discussing change with people as a whole no matter what their exposure to the process.
Jim is an Architect who like in the old Roman days has "skin in the game" (a bridge builder had to stand underneath the bridge for the first crossing). He has not only had to design and implement change in numerous situations, but has also had to "stand under the bridge" afterwards. This alone qualifies him to write with authority on this subject. Of more importance to me is the fact that he has stripped this down into essential and actionable components that real people can use in real situations, no matter their level or role in an organization. This makes the book an important read for everyone "on the team" or involved in a change management process.
The simple frameworks outlined in the book mask an incredible depth of tools and knowledge that can be applied into the change process, in a straight-forward, common sense manner. Thankfully, theory is minimal and appropriate to the subject. More blue collar than scholar...
So, if you are involved in change (which means everybody) consider this book a must have reference for the various stages and dynamics that ensure that your skin in the game is successful.
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