The Six Secrets of ChangeWhat the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive
From bestselling author Michael Fullan, wisdom for thriving in today's complex environment Successful organizations adjust quickly and intelligently to shifts in consumer tastes, political climate, and economic opportunity. How do they do it? The Six Secrets of Change explores essential lessons for business and public sector leaders for thriving in today's complex environment. Fullan draws on his acclaimed work in bringing about large-scale and substantial change in education reform in both public school systems and universities, as well as engaging in major change initiatives internationally. This book is filled with lessons that are insightful, actionable, and concisely communicable. "Fullan has an uncanny ability to produce what is needed at the time it is needed. The six secrets are based in theory, grounded in practice, powerful in their relationship to each other, and described in ways that enable deep understanding. It is a refreshing change from the surface lists of leadership and change ideas that all too often permeate education and business literature." —Vicki Phillips, director of education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Includes so-called leadership "secrets" that are decoded to be accessible and useful Offers illustrative examples from a variety of businesses, health organizations, and public education systems Lays out the six factors to organizational success: collegiality, long-range plans allow for the unknown, nurture employees, learning, leadership at all levels, and positive pressure must be inescapable Michael Fullan is the author of the acclaimed best-seller Leading in a Culture of Change Fullan convinces us that a leader who attends to all six key factors will have an organization that is constantly learning, growing, and thriving.
Preface vii Acknowledgments xi About the Author xiii Introduction: Have Theory, Will Travel 1 Secret One: Love Your Employees 19 Secret Two: Connect Peers with Purpose 39 Secret Three: Capacity Building Prevails 55 Secret Four: Learning Is the Work 73 Secret Five: Transparency Rules 91 Secret Six: Systems Learn 105 Conclusion: Keeping the Secrets 123 References 137 Index 145
Michael Fullan is professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on organizational change, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. Fullan is author of Change Leader and Leading in a Culture of Change. He lives in Toronto.
Praise forThe Six Secrets of Change "Fullan has an uncanny ability to produce what is needed at the time it is needed. The six secrets are based in theory, grounded in practice, powerful in their relationship to each other, and described in ways that enable deep understanding."—Vicki Phillips, director of education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "This book simultaneously clarifies, synthesizes, and challenges. Anyone in a management position will find it both very entertaining and full of wisdom."—Sir Michael Barber, former head, Tony Blair's Policy Delivery Unit "Fullan takes on some sacred cows, and advances a remarkable framework for all us who seek 'to be the changes we seek in the world.' Truly and deeply inspirational."—Charles Pascal, executive director, Atkinson Foundation "One of the best books I have read in a long, long time. The Six Secrets of Change is insightful, challenging, and authentic. Michael Fullan has a unique ability to bring the theory and practice of leadership together in a way that truly resonates."—Steve Munby, chief executive, National College for School Leadership, England "Michael Fullan is one of the world's leading exponents on managing change. The Six Secrets of Change is a further brilliant contribution. These may be secrets but what is described can be accomplished by leaders at every level."—Brian J. Caldwell, managing director, Educational Transformations Pty. Ltd.
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