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Seventy percent of all corporate change efforts fail because people resist the change. But there is another way. A way that will enable your change to succeed. That way is captured in this book. This is a guidebook - it reveals the mindset, strategies, and steps to help you lead people from point A to point B.

"Much has been written about managing change, most of it theoretical. What makes this book different is that Peter Bregman is in the trenches. His real life experiences and simple step-by-step guidance make this the most valuable book you'll ever read as you lead people to point B." - Doug Stern, President and CEO, United Media

"If you are responsible for moving people from point A to point B, then read this book! You could probably do it without reading this book, but why wouldn't you want to get it right the first time?" - Philip Weisberg, CEO, FXall

"Point B has given me a simple, useable approach to leading people through change. It's all here in one place. Everything you need to know to execute your strategy by leveraging the skills, wisdom, capability, and energy of the people in your company." - Barbara Kurka, Senior Vice President, Katz Media Group

"If you need to motivate change in others, then you need to read this book. Peter Bregman is a creative thinker, an engaging storyteller and an insightful advisor. Whether you are leading a 100,000 person organization or a small team, following the principles he outlines will give you the confidence and the skills you need to move people from point A to point B." - Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dean, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global leadership development and change management firm. He has advised leaders in many of the world's premier organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Peter graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

About the Author

Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, a firm that advises, coaches, and trains leaders at all levels to take powerful and ambitious actions to achieve the things that are most important to them and their organizations. He is the author of 18 Minutes (a Wall Street Journal bestseller) and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change, and the contributor to five other books. He is a regular contributor to HBR.org, NPR, Psychology Today, Forbes, Fast Company, and other media outlets, and he is a weekly commentator on FOX Business News. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Space for Change (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979387205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979387203
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barry L. Davis on August 16, 2011
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Subtitled A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change, this practical, hands-on book starts with the timely quote - "People don't resist change. They resist being changed." Bregman, CEO of a leadership development and change management firm, presents 7 key steps for managing change in any organization, providing specific examples and clearly defined guidelines through this insightful book.

Here are his 7 themes:
1. Share the story. Include Content, Context and Confidence.
2. Keep everything simple (includes his JETS trademark - Just Enough To Start).
3. Get it half right. The program isn't the point. The point of the program is the point.
4. Integrate the change, Create a supportive environment.
5. Provide on-going support (includes his trademarked coaching model QUICC - Question, Understand, Identify, Choose and Contract).
6. Build in feedback. Help them manage their own change.
7. Use the partner system. Change sticks when both people and their environment changes.

According to Bregman, people who change embody three key attributes - Ownership, Capability and Persistence. Providing the opportunity for each employee to be engaged in the change is the key.
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Point B is short, but contains a wealth of practical information for anyone who has a role in leading change -- business leaders, consultants, and everyone who is part of a major change. The approach is based on sound theory and principles, but is immensely practical and presented in a style that is clear, concise and easy to use. Bregman provides many examples, each of which is relevant and clarifies things. One of the most valuable aspects of this guide is the way Bregman describes how to work with others to achieve change -- by collaborating with them, being honest and realizing that in the end, the people who live the change are in charge. That's what really makes change happen.
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Point B is more than just a book, it is an important catalyst for change as it provides real world foundations and background along with enactable concepts for driving ownership and leadership in a sustainable model, providing for proper coaching, a goal-driven model, and improved team interactions that make sense.

I have found it more than well-received among my teams. In fact, for them it is more than a book, it has become an integral part of everyday interaction and a continual guide. Issues have been identified as "Point B" issues and processes get "Bregman-ized". With the model presented in the book, the teams are able to function better cross-functionally and organizationally.

I call the book a game changer because it makes you re-evaluate how you look at goals and how you achieve these in a sustainable way within small or large teams/organizations to ensure you are focused on the team ability to own and drive to success. It shows you how to change the rules so that everyone can achieve satisfaction along the solution path.
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In this very challenging time of change -- Point B is an excellent book that is fast to read and extremely easy to understand. It is a great quick guide for change in your organization. It is a must to have for all HR Professionals.
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I picked up this book to help with a huge change initiative I was planning with and for a client. My hope was that I would glean some quick insights that we could put to immediate use in the roll out to help minimize resistance and maximize the likelihood of success. The book definitely delivered on that front. While "Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change" is indeed short in size, it is long on content. Peter Bregman has a unique and refreshing perspective that is revealed through his engaging stories. He provides great insights about why the ways we typically "try to change people" simply don't work - and he gives specific strategies to help you get the results you want simply, effectively and with a fraction of the stress you'd probably expect. This book has been great for business -- but it's even better for real life! The principles you'll learn will work not only in the office -- but with your family, friends and kids too! I recommend it highly!
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I just finished this book and found it really excellent. I planned to read it because I know the author, but then I realized there was a lot of great stuff to learn. Peter Bregman has a very inviting and humble but authoritative voice. He engenders trust in the reader by his own modeling of honesty, integrity, and vulnerability. I love how he walks the reader through his thought processes, through his mistakes, and towards a clear understanding and vision of how to bring about change. Having been through a recent change process in my work (that was done poorly) and seeing the multiple levels of fallout, I can appreciate how incredibly helpful it would have been to have known about this before.
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