Change is disturbing when it is done to us, exhilarating when it is done by us.
So says the quotation from Rosabeth Moss Canter in the preface to The Change Handbook, 2nd Edition.
How do we make that transition from disturbing to exhilarating, from done to us to done by us?
Many organizations would like to make this leap but are unsure how to begin. Fortunately, The Change Handbook is an excellent place to start. It outlines over 60 methodologies for engaging whole systems and includes case studies, success conditions, reference materials, and guidelines about when and when not to use specific methods. It is a resource that can assist you in choosing one or more methodologies that fit your needs and organizational culture.
I am a contributor to this edition of the book along with my co-author Nancy White. One of the things I really like about the book is that nearly 100 authors from around the world have contributed in their areas of expertise — and the editors have done a fabulous job of making the book work as an integrated resource. Each chapter follows the same high level structure and there are Quick Summaries in the back of the book that provide fast “memory jogger” access to methods you may have read about in the past but haven’t used in a while.