Change Is Everybody's Business

Claim Your Change Power!

Change Is Everybody's Business

Helps people redirect their beliefs and assumptions about change so that they can become active, vital participants in the changes around them
By the coauthor of On-the-Level, which has sold over 140,000 copies worldwide
Includes questionnaires readers can use to evaluate their ability to thrive in rapidly changing times

Change Is Everybody's Business challenges readers to realize the power they have to make things happen-to support, stymie, or redirect change. Pat McLagan draws on her thirty years of experience consulting on change projects worldwide to outline the beliefs, character traits, and actions that will enable anyone to welcome change and take advantage of it rather than fear and resist it.

Taking a conversational approach to a serious subject, she uses stories, examples, and illustrations to drive home the message that everybody in an organization has the power to make changes for the better. And she includes questionnaires throughout the book that enable readers to evaluate how ready they are to make the most of change.

Change is happening all around us, both planned and unplanned. How we react to change determines personal success and self-esteem, and ultimately the success of the entire organization. Change Is Everybody's Business will show readers precisely what they need to know to become more conscious participants in determining their own destiny at work-and in life.

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Helps people redirect their beliefs and assumptions about change so that they can become active, vital participants in the changes around them
By the coauthor of On-the-Level, which has sold over 140,000 copies worldwide
Includes questionnaires readers can use to evaluate their ability to thrive in rapidly changing times

Change Is Everybody's Business challenges readers to realize the power they have to make things happen-to support, stymie, or redirect change. Pat McLagan draws on her thirty years of experience consulting on change projects worldwide to outline the beliefs, character traits, and actions that will enable anyone to welcome change and take advantage of it rather than fear and resist it.

Taking a conversational approach to a serious subject, she uses stories, examples, and illustrations to drive home the message that everybody in an organization has the power to make changes for the better. And she includes questionnaires throughout the book that enable readers to evaluate how ready they are to make the most of change.

Change is happening all around us, both planned and unplanned. How we react to change determines personal success and self-esteem, and ultimately the success of the entire organization. Change Is Everybody's Business will show readers precisely what they need to know to become more conscious participants in determining their own destiny at work-and in life.

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Pat McLagan is an acknowledged thought leader in the areas of leadership development and complex organization change. She works with public and private sector organizations globally -- and with leadership teams -- to help expand their change capabilities.  She is the second woman and the fifteenth person inducted into the Human Resource Development Hall of Fame,a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and has received the top awards from the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) and the Instructional Systems Association.  She has consulted extensively on strategic change with organizations like GE, NASA, the State of Georgia, SABMiller, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and many others. Client comments:  she helped do "the impossible, facilitating and mentoring the leadership team;" "it would be difficult to overstate the impact" of her work; her "dynamic leadership and know-how" helped us succeed with a critical transformation," and more.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Powerful Beliefs
Belief #1: What Is Normal?
Belief #2: On Resistance and Negative Emotions
Belief #3: When Change Starts
Belief #4: How Deliberate Change Happens
Belief #5: When to Commit
Belief #6: The Role of Formal Leaders
Belief #7: The Role of Followers

Part II: Powerful Character
Character Lesson #1: Stand for Something
Character Lesson #2: Be Aware of Your Beliefs and Assumptions
Character Lesson #3: Use Your Emotions
Character Lesson #4: Add Value in Your World

Part III: Powerful Actions
Action Lesson #1: Be a Business
Action Lesson #2: Develop Information Age Skills
Action Lesson #3: Be Your Own Human Resource Manager
Action Lesson #4: Take Charge of Your Own Change Process

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Change Is Everybody’s Business

Introduction
Claim Your Change Power

Change Is EVERYBODY ‘s Business is about your change power at and around work. But you can’t really separate your life and work. You’ve got to focus on both in order to make change your friend. To make it something you revel in and walk into, rather than away from.

This book will help you develop the point of view and the practices for thriving in change. It will help you see its important role in your life and work. You’ll be better able to influence its impact on you and on the people you work with and for. Change Is EVERYBODY’S Business does the following:

Part 1: Powerful Beliefs. Your beliefs drive many of your actions. They also help shape how you view the world around you. You’ll examine seven important belief areas, make your own current beliefs more conscious, and commit to beliefs that will best shape your future.

Part 2: Powerful Character. Who you ARE is a major part of your impact—of your power. This is why we all agree, “actions speak louder than words.” This section describes four key character traits that support personal effectiveness in change.

Part 3: Powerful Actions. The actions you ultimately take are a combination of your beliefs, your character, and your capacity for action. In this section you’ll be challenged to develop the capacity for action that will help you be successful as a player in these more open and participative times.

You can read one, two or all three parts, and read them in any order. Follow your needs and interests. You have the power!

There is a self-assessment questionnaire at the end of each section. I think you will get more benefit if you take the questionnaires before you read each section. It’s up to you.

This is a very personal book. I will talk with you as a colleague, a co-learner, and a fellow 21st century citizen. Change is my main interest in life, and I am excited to share what I have learned with you.

It will help if you take a few minutes to anchor yourself in the topic. So, before you read on, take some time to think about the changes that you have faced in your recent past—even face right now.

What is changing around you—and personally affecting you— that you feel you have absolutely no control over? (It could be a death, a law that is changing how your organization must work, a downsizing decision, or new technology.)

What is changing around you—and personally affecting you— that is someone else’s decision, but is something you can still influence? (Like a shift in allocation of work, decisions about how your team will work together, etc.)

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What changes are you experiencing in your life due to just getting older and moving to a different stage in your life? (Like a child moving out, dealing with weight problems, or feeling a need to use important skills and pursue interests you put aside years ago.)

What changes are you trying to make happen—initiating?

What other changes are coming into your life—from any source?

The answers to these questions will help you personalize your insights as you read and think about what follows. Enjoy your journey!!

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