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The Six P's of Change: A Handbook for Managing Transitions at Work, at Home and in Ourselves Perfect Paperback – March 27, 2009
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About the Author
Pat Rocchi, author of he Six P's of Change, is a versatile communicator speaker and speechwriter, media producer, and consultant with many years of experience in a wide variety of industries, such as healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing. As a communications and marketing leader who is both an MBA and a Master of Education, Pat is a proven leader of positive change. He has earned awards from many organizations, including Toastmasters International in PA and NJ, the International Association of Business Communicators, the International Mercury Award, and the NY International Film and TV Festival. While Pat was employed by General Electric, he won the company's top communication award four times. He has also worked in a wide variety of media, including the Web, video and film, and print. Contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas about The Six P's of Change, and other communication matters. He is also available as a keynote speaker, educational seminar leader, and as a consultant in speechwriting and coaching, marketing, external communication and media production.
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Not only does Mr. Rocchi provide a solid framework for understanding and managing change, but he provides many personal and moving stories from his own experience. Every truly talented communicator knows that the best way to reinforce a lesson is through an engaging narrative. These stories, particularly the ones in which Mr. Rocchi faced career-related challenges, resonated with me most strongly. In the wrong hands, such an approach could come across as self-indulgent and egocentric. Mr. Rocchi, however, tells his stories in a way that is heartfelt and clearly designed to assist the reader's understanding.
I've also had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Rocchi speak as a presenter. I even competed against him in a speech contest once (and lost). He is quite talented, witty, and engaging from the platform -- which actually made me wary of buying his book. I don't mean to stereotype, but gifted speakers are often terrible writers. The Six P's of Change, I am happy to report, is well-organized, well-written and well-edited.
Finally, this is not a "rah, rah" pump-you-up book. Although one could find it inspiring, I suppose. There's an exercise section at the end of each chapter that encourages you to get off your duff and put the valuable information you just read to use. In many ways, my own career path has taken similar turns in similar industries to Mr. Rocchi's, so the Six P's has been particularly helpful as a road map -- a navigational chart left by someone who's already "been there, done that." If you are considering buying this book to help yourself, someone you know, or even your team at work to make their way through the challenges of change, stop diddling around and just click the Buy Now button!
First, the author's background qualifies him to advise us. Pat Rocchi spent decades helping organizations as a corporate communication expert. In The Six P's of Change, he shares what he has recommended to high-level employers. He has seen his approach work, repeatedly.
The writing style surpasses what you will encounter in most business books. Packed with relevant illustrations, the book hold's the reader's attention. Can you remember another business book that opens with a discussion of a World Series game?
Rocchi is writing about his professional passion: "Change is inevitable, a theme that has become my life's philosophy."
Six P's moves beyond lamenting the problems that accompany our turbulent times. Rocchi helps readers accomplish what he has done: "Once I recognized change's inevitability, I lived my life accordingly, not in a constant state of paranoia, but, rather, in a state of preparedness."
Rocchi is on target in describing this volume as a handbook. Each chapter ends with an "Intermission from Your Transition." These brief written exercises help the reader transform ideas into action.
I welcome the author's candor, especially when he talks about losing a high-level job he had considered perfectly secure. Along with that, I applaud his creativity in landing his next job.
You will welcome his ongoing optimism, even as he describes the unsettling factors that make the daily headlines. His approach: "As we peer into an uncertain world with the understanding that change is inevitable, the road ahead may seem dark, perhaps even unknowable . . . .We will never be able to predict the future without error or with certainty. However, we can ameliorate our risks by building our base of knowledge and recognizing the signposts along the road."
As a leader, you will serve your company well by using this valuable handbook as a training guideline for your company's next planning session.
The Complete Communicator: Change Your Communication-change Your Life!
It's an interesting and easy read but has at the end of each chapter work pages which got me really think about things. As the book went on and I used the those work book pages it helped me come up with several new ideas and a new tag line for my business! Way to go Pat! You made it pretty easy for me to make some immediate changes in my life and business for the better. I think your book is so helpful that I am passing it a long to my husband to read.
I highly recommend Pats book, it has the potential to help with both professional and personal change.
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