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Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within (The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series) Hardcover – August 14, 1996
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According to Quinn, "Incremental change is usually the result of a rational analysis and planning process. There is a desired goal with a specific set of steps for reaching it. Incremental change is usually limited in scope and often reversible. If the change does not work out, we can always return to the old way. Incremental change usually does not disrupt our past patterns -- it is an extension of the past. Most important, during incremental change, we feel we are in control." Does all this sound familiar? Has Quinn described accurately how change occurs within your organization?
Now consider a second brief excerpt: "This book explores a much more difficult change process, the process of deep change. Deep change differs from incremental change in that it requires new ways of thinking and behaving. It is change that is major in scope, discontinuous with the past and generally irreversible. The deep change effort distorts existing patterns of action and involves taking risks. Deep change means surrendering control." Decades ago, David Riesman made the helpful distinction between "inner-directed" and "other-directed" people. The same can also be said of organizations (communities of people) when determining the nature, extent, and location of control. Quinn believes that "one person can change the larger system or organization in which he or she exists.Read more ›
The profound challenges and dilemmas faced by the healthcare industry at this moment kept my nose in these books, searching, searching, searching for ways to bring clarity to the chaos of a once stable and rewarding profession.
As I took on a new post as "Director of Patient Safety" I found myself wading through even murkier waters than I had found within the context of my profession.
And then I came upon this book.
Stories, parables, myths: a language that transcends all 'cultures'. Ahhhhhhhhh, such a refreshing, concise, simple and brilliant work!
Simple yet far from easy.
There is nothing easy about this work.
To change what is "out there" I must look inward and face my own myths, dragons, fears, and shortcomings.
The only way to change the world is to change myself.
I can already feel the change within myself. Remarkable, remarkable.
I recommend it unconditionally to any and all that feel trapped, frustrated, or impeded in any way in their life's journey.
Thank you Mr. Quinn.
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").Read more ›
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I am an executive coach. Anytime I hear the beginnings of "I'm not sure I like what I am doing", or hear the words such as "trapped" or "antsy", I move the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert D. Hodge
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This book is always one of my favorites and I have recommended it many times. This order was a gift for a friendPublished 3 months ago by Tina
List of writers thoughts, not scientifically proven. No experiments, testing hypotheses. No control group companies that didn't implement the change to compare to. Full of phrases. Read morePublished 5 months ago
This is one of the most inspiring and realistic books I've read in quite a while. Don't read it if you're not ready to really self-reflect and take some personal responsibility.Published 5 months ago by sherry walker-cowart
This book repeats the same concepts over and over again. Read the first few chapters and you've basically read the entire book.Published 6 months ago by Carrie P.
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