August 1, 2008

Staff Picks: The Change Cycle

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.