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The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future Paperback – January 4, 2007
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—Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and coauthor of A Simpler Way
“The Change Handbook is about great ideas written from the experience of great people. If organization and community change is what you care about, and hope is what you long for, this book offers a doable path to both.”
—Peter Block, author of Stewardship and The Empowered Manager
“Lots of change management books tell you how things work in theory. This one also shows how the culture change process at GTE and other companies work in practice. It’s a good resource for any leader looking for both ideas and proven results.”
—Tom White, senior vice president of market operations, GTE Corporation
From the Publisher
Proven change strategies for tapping human potential in organizations and communities
This extensively updated new edition of the classic bestseller features profiles of sixty-one change methods by the originators and foremost practitioners of such high-leverage change methods as Appreciative Inquiry, the World Café, Six Sigma, Future Search, and Open Space Technology. Each author outlines distinctive aspects of their approach, answers frequently asked questions, and provides case studies and references to learn more. A one-stop comparative chart helps you determine which methods will work best for you, along with chapters on mixing and matching and sustaining results. This tremendously expanded second edition is the definitive resource in the exciting area of engaging "whole systems" of people to create their own future.
"What the Encyclopedia Britannica does for facts and the Oxford English Dictionary does for words, this book does for changing whole systems (both organizations and communities). A definite reference must for your organizational book shelf."
--Martin Rutte, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work
"Get ready to re-think your work and have it set in a larger perspective. This book is for those seeking a pragmatic blend of spirit and practice. It is the best book on large system change methods, bar none."
--Geoff Bellman, Consultant and author of The Consultant's Calling
"A treasure trove that, with disciplined application, can ignite a performance step change in an individual or organization. Its extremely practical tone brings distilled `What to do' insight and remarkable `How it works' clarity to each tool. This will be an invaluable contribution to even the best change agents in the world."
--Tony Singarayar, Senior Director, Business Models/Business Case, Advanced Technologies, Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide
"The Change Handbook is what I turn to when I want to review a process I have run before or select to a new one. Invaluable for all facilitators who want to rise above the ordinary!"
--Gifford Pinchot III, President, The Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and author of Intrapreneuring
"A terrific resource. I highly recommend this book to change leaders who want to find and learn about methods for creating and sustaining change."
--Francis M. Duffy, PhD, Professor of Change Leadership in Education, Gallaudet University