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Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas (English Edition) Kindle版
Business & Investing
Mary Lynn Manns, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Management and Accountancy at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Her doctoral work focused on the introduction of patterns into organizations. She is well known for her many presentations on this topic.
Linda Rising, Ph.D., is well known throughout the patterns community as the editor of Design Patterns in Communications Software (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Patterns Handbook (Cambridge University Press, 1997). Now an independent consultant, she helped lead the introduction of patterns into AG Communication Systems in Phoenix, Arizona. Linda has worked in the telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons industries, and has extensive training and university teaching experience. She holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
From the Back Cover
Change. It's brutally tough to initiate, even harder to sustain. It takes too long. People resist it. But without it, organizations die. Fortunately, you can succeed at making change. In Fear Less, Linda Rising and Mary Lynn Manns reveal 48 patterns of behavior associated with successful change in knowledge-driven organizations, and show exactly how to use them in your organization.
Find out how to
- Understand the forces in your organization that drive and retard change
- Plant the seeds of change
- Drive participation and buy-in, from start to finish
- Choose an "official skeptic" to sharpen your thinking
- Make your changes appear less threatening
- Find the right timing and the best "teaching moments"
- Sustain your momentum
- Handle adversity, celebrating success
Inspired by the "pattern languages" that are transforming fields from software to architecture, the authors illuminate patterns for every stage of the change process: knowledge, persuasion, decision, implementation, and confirmation. These flexible patterns draw on the experiences of hundreds of leaders. They offer powerful insight into change agent behavior, organizational culture, and the roles of every participant. Best of all, they're easy to use—and they work!
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After page 84 you can skip the rest of the book (especially the case studies),
that is the reason for only 3/5 stars.
I think today we would simply write down a list of "good practices" instead of applying the pattern language to practices in change management.
A large part of my current work is in helping companies manage the transition from how they currently develop software to developing software with an "agile process." The book codified some of the things I've done for years without thinking about why but more importantly it also presented ideas I hadn't thought of. For example, the "Champion Skeptic" pattern says to designate a skeptical, strong opinion leader to be the "official skeptic." I've always made a point of involving these skeptics because they can become your best advocates if you convert them. However, I've experimented with the idea as presented here and it works well.
Change will remain hard, even after reading this book. But, you'll be much better prepared and you should find many of the patterns here very helpful.
The book is organized in three parts. The first part tells short stories on the different phases of change. These stories already made me understand the basics of the patterns and how they were related. The second part has a couple of case studies. Personally I found this part rather boring, but it was very short. The third part of the book is the actual pattern catalogue which provided the needed details.
The book was easy to read and, except for the case studies, didn't make me feel bored at any time. I've learned an awful lot from the book and it gave me some new tools in my toolbox when trying to introduce change.
I've rated this book 4 stars, which should have been 4.5 starts, but I don't have that option. I wouldn't want to give it 5 stars for the small boring parts and since I wouldn't call it perfect yet, but close! The books is an absolute must for anyone introducing change in an organization though!
This book isn't only for managers. Even if you're a small cog in a big wheel, using the techniques in this book, you can effect change that will benefit your team. With this book as a reference, you won't feel like you're wandering into the wilderness; you'll have proven techniques to guide you. Keep it handy, because you'll go back to it again and again!
The challenge is in moving (people) forward. In this book, the authors give everyone of us the tools (patterns) and the methods (stories) to successfully influence change in organizations.
None of the patterns should come as a surprise. You've probably seen all of them in practice at one time or another. It's the packaging and the sage advice that is worth the price. Having a single source of wisdom for a broad variety of change approaches is, as they say - priceless.
Also, the book is funny. Must read.