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August 1, 2008

Staff Picks: The Change Cycle

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 8:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A summer title, The Cycle of Change: How People Can Survive and Thrive in Organizational Change, caught my attention today and I was thinking that in this climate of change we're all in, ( what with the election coming up and many companies changing strategies due to the economy) there are many folks getting swept up in organizational change. They are dealing with inner feelings, conflicts, steps, upheaval and what not can put a strain on a person - not just professionally but personally as well (blood pressure, stress, etc). In The Change Cycle, Ann Salerno and Lillie Brock help people through this process.
It's chapters are clear, very user friendly and the book explains how different people might experience change at different levels. They do this by including exercises and giving help by showing different scenarios to help comprehend "six predictable and sequential stages of change": Loss - Doubt - Discomfort - Discovery - Understanding & Integration.
What's really nice is that they focus different chapters to explain these stages. It's also based on their experiences with companies to help anyone at various levels in change at an organization. The authors are co-creators of the Change Cycle Series - which house such clients as Nestle, the CIA, Homeland Security, GM, AARP, Disney and Sony.