Praise for the Revised and Updated Edition
Few people have more experience guiding organizational change than Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon.
Featured on CNBC and in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, Leading Successful Change is a “must-use guide for anyone who is faced with leading others to a future that is better than today.
Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have written a novel and valuable resource for leaders of change.
In Leading Successful Change, Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have produced a wonderfully concise outline which will enable leaders to meaningfully engage in the visioning and execution of such changes within an organization. While the hard work of articulating the vision and implementation remain, the reader will have a strong leg up in the journey utilizing the tools provided. My thanks to them for publishing this book
As the nature of change in the healthcare industry evolves and the pace of change quickens, leaders are charged with taking on an increased commitment to growth and change, to look farther ahead, and to have the determination to transform their organizations in the face of greater uncertainty. Leading Successful Change is a vital resource for anyone who leads organizational change. Gregory Shea and Cassie Solomon articulate a model for envisioning and implementing change that every leader can use before and throughout any change initiative. I highly recommend Leading Successful Change as an essential reference guide.
Bookshelves—real and virtual—abound with books and journals about the inevitability and importance of change. Now Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have written Leading Successful Change, which describes the organizational challenges of change and a plan to affect it. This is an important read for anyone who recognizes that dealing with change is critical to success and is concerned about past ineffective efforts. Unlike so many books on the art and science of leadership and management, this one is without fluff and consequently delivers its messages clearly and concisely.
A must read! What organization doesn’t struggle with change? Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon take this daunting challenge from concept to tangible with practical strategies. Their 8 levers of change help us all focus our efforts to create meaningful change in organizations.
This book should be considered essential reading for anyone who is trying to plan and/or implement change in his or her organization. It provides a very clear, succinct, and usable model for sorting through what change you are trying to accomplish and what concrete steps you intend to take to get there. In effect, it can be used as a more complex tool in the spirit of Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, since it encourages discipline where good intentions usually dominate. Once you read it, you’re guaranteed to be more thoughtful about the change process and that should certainly translate into being more successful as well.
Leading Successful Change should be in the briefcase of every manager and not on their bookshelf. The reader is warned ahead of time that the size of the book is inversely proportional to its depth. I have used the approach that it presents over the years, yet I have already read Leading Successful Change twice because it is so rich. It contains the essential elements to all who manage a project, a team, a division, or an entire organization and who seek sustainable results. We have all heard the conventional wisdom regarding execution and change efforts, but how often have we been offered concrete advice that addresses the entire work environment from a systems approach? Shea and Solomon do just this in a well-written, concise manner that is both captivating for its frankness in demonstrating successes and failures in change efforts and proving that there is no small change effort. And most importantly, that it is the people who count.
Leading Successful Change is a compact book full of high-impact ideas. These ideas, grounded in sound management science, are practical in application and profound in effect. In our organization, they transformed not only the way we think, but much more importantly, the way we act. The ideas and approach described by Shea and Solomon will be indispensable not only to any executive who truly wants to change an organization, but to anyone who wants to change any human behavior system, including their own. Read it!
In Leading Successful Change, Shea and Solomon powerfully explore two critical aspects of successful change. They focus on a vivid scene of the desired future as the place to start and then offer 8 compelling levers, which in various combinations can make it real. Pragmatic tools, cases, and focused questions help a reader navigate the turbulence of our current environment.
We at Performance Programs have concentrated for 25 years on enlightening leaders about their behavior and helping them identify changes that will improve performance. Shea and Solomon’s book, Leading Successful Change, cogently presents the other piece of the change puzzle, namely on how to design systems of work to drive behavioral change. Their approach is not just fresh, it is concrete and practical. Leaders should buy this book, share it, and discuss it. Most of all, they should use what’s in it again and again.
A myriad of books are written about change management in organizations, but fail to provide practical advice on how to move the entire system toward the future you envision. Through their Work System Model©, Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon provide a comprehensive and practical approach to leading your organization through the often-times treacherous process of change. I’ve seen firsthand how effective this approach can be in complex organizations – simply put, it works! Anyone involved in either significant or incremental change processes needs to read this book.
Leading Successful Change is a blockbuster resource that provides transformational, yet practical approaches to implementing and sustaining change—taking out the chaos that typically accompanies most organizational change initiatives.