4 Great Books on Organizational Change
Everyone who works in company management knows that making even small changes can be complex, so when a business faces organizational change – it can be akin to leading an expedition up a mountain!
What makes structural and/or procedural change so difficult is not just the sheer logistics but resistance from employees as change, even when positive, can be a bitter pill for many staff to swallow.
To sweeten the process up, however, it can be helpful, if not downright inspiring to read about organizational change from people who know what they are talking about. Luckily there are some great books out there, and here are 4 of them to help get those creative juices and motivation flowing:
Detonate: Why-And-How Corporations Must Blow Up Best Practices (And Bring a Beginner’s Mind) To Survive by Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach
Looking at a company objectively through a fresh pair of eyes can help management shift your mindset in order to change things up a gear.
Following “best practices” is all well and good until those practices become outdated and are no longer the best!
Beginning with a beginner’s mind opens up the playing field to help you score gold.
Next is Now: 5 Steps for Embracing Change – Building a Business that Thrives into the Future by Lior Arussy
We look to the future and imagine change taking place there, but everything starts with this moment, and no one knows this more than Arussy, whose clients include Mercedes-Benz, HSBC, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and FedEx.
Whether you are a small company looking to make an organizational change or a commercial giant, this book helps outline the key steps to ensure present and future success.
Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership by Miachel Ventura
Gone are the days of the traditional scenario of a boss shouting at his employees in the boardroom!
Any good change management expert will tell you that empathy is the new buzzword for leadership to effectively guide a company through the process of organizational change, and the author should know when he works for some of the world’s best-known brands, such as Nike.
Michael Ventura considers empathy an absolutely essential quality for a company to bring about not just initial change but lasting change where staff feels consistently listened to, supported, and overall.
Respected so that they are inspired to offer up their best work for the company.
Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement by Jacqueline M. Stavros Cherri Torres
Communication is the key to smoothing the path of organizational change, but conversations can be constructive or destructive, and the latter can tear a business apart and even lead to its downfall.
A book will not always be able to take the place of a change management specialist, but AI is a methodology that helps to tap into strengths for communication and, ultimately, business success with these organizational change books.