Health Leads Book Club: Essential Reading on Change Management

Sep 11, 2018

Equally important to your specific social needs framework is establishing a culture of leadership and change management within your organization to achieve long term success. So often, support from critical stakeholders is hard to navigate, thwarting the outcomes of even the best laid plans. Check out these three key reads which can help you overcome the complexities of achieving leadership support and establishing a change management mindset within your organization:

“ADKAR: A Model For Change In Business, Government And Our Community,” by Jeffrey M. Hiatt

This book covers the ADKAR change management model, named after its five key steps: Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement. It was developed based on more than a decade of research that focuses on change at an individual level.

Why We Like It:

  • Hiatt’s key idea is that to change someone’s behavior to the desired way of working, we need to view change in a new way and understand the specific barrier points and levers that can move the desired changes forward on an individual basis.
  • The book details how these levers should be placed into a framework mapped to the required phases for realizing change: readiness assessment, sponsorship, communications, coaching, training, and resistance management.

“Leading Change,” by John Kotter

Kotter outlines the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals and offers eight steps to create lasting transformation. He reveals why traditional change management approaches such as total quality management, reengineering, right sizing, restructuring, cultural change and turnarounds fall short. He also identifies where and how top performers derail during the change process.

Why We Like It:

  • This read serves as a visionary guide and practical toolkit for how to lead change in any type of organization.
  • You’ll walk away from this book with tools to inspire others and a positive role model to emulate on your road to change.

“Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change,” by William Bridges

Bridges looks at the emotional impact of change and what can be done to keep it from disrupting the entire organization.He conveys transition is most successful when employees have a purpose, a plan and a part to play.

Why We Like It:

  • A little different than our first two recommendations, this book dives into the psychological transitions that accompany organizational change and their impact on people.
  • This is a great read for managers at all levels and offers practical, step-by-step strategies for minimizing disruptions and navigating uncertain times to help bring people on board.

Have a book to recommend? Send us your thoughts!

Happy reading!


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