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EPIC Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age Hardcover – December 21, 2007
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"Timothy Clark notes that change should be welcomed, not feared. He offers practical tips in his book on how to avoid the risks associated with standing still." (AM New York, 2/18/2008)
"Once in a while, a great book comes along that provides a unique, actionable and powerful viewpoint in business. EPIC Change is such a book. It extends the discussion for change management in new and insightful ways that we just haven't seen before." (CubeRules.com, 1/23/2008)
"New books on leadership seem to appear almost daily and many of them have useful insights, but EPIC Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age by Timothy Clark is one of the best I've read." (Leadership Turn.com, 1/4/2008)
"Clark delves into 'more than 50 casts of large-scale change' and isolates 'six remarkably consistent patterns' of success…. Recommended as an urgent pick!" (The Hindu, 12/29/2007)
"This mind-bending book will be a real asset to my daily work in change…and sits on a shelf I can reach easily for reference." (BrainBasedBusiness.com, 12/17/2007)
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Accelerated change and relentless competition have become permanent characteristics of the global age. The need for all organizations to respond to adaptive challenge is unprecedented. However, leading change, especially large-scale change, is the most formidable challenge in all of leadership.
Any organization's ability to adapt and adjust to shifting demands is really a function of its leaders' capacity to summon and redirect institutional will. EPIC Change is the hands-on resource written for any leader who is charged to lead change in a turbulent environment. Based on a landmark study of fifty-three cases of large-scale organizational change, international thought leader and business consultant Timothy R. Clark outlines his path-breaking EPIC Change approach, which has been successfully field-tested by leaders around the world. Clark provides a road map for leaders to learn how to pull energy out of an organization in order to respond to disruptive outside forces. The approach combines both strategic and tactical tools to help leaders at all levels get comfortable with uncertainty, live on the edge of chaos, and sustain competitive advantage in the face of endless dynamic changes.
The EPIC (Evaluate, Prepare, Implement, and Consolidate) approach for change management draws on the research-based "power curve of change." As Clark explains, change fails less often for poor strategy or technical difficulty. Rather, it is a leader's inability to draw out the discretionary efforts of people that usually signals failure. The EPIC approach teaches leaders the critical points of leverage for energy management within an organization and offers a comprehensive guide to change leadershiparguably the most critical competency of the twenty-first century.
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Even better if: 1. The energy model of S. Ghoshal and H. Bruch was included, explained and used as a supporting view. It was published in 2002/2003 2. The book included more summary tools that one could measure energy levels with 3. There was more stuff about personal change
This book walks the change leader step by step through the process of evaluating, preparing, implementing, and consolidating change based on a breathtaking array of real-life examples presented in a straightforward, easily accessible style. (See, for example, page 84).
The depth of the research is amazing, but it never gets in the way of the practical guidance. One of the best features of the book is the summary of key points at the end of each chapter, which greatly enhances the utility of the book for both teaching and training. (See pages 120-21).