Conversations of Change

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have several business books on the go at any one time. Now that I’ve got time to relax and unwind over the holiday period, “Conversations of Change – A Guide to Implementing Workplace Change” by Dr Jen Frahm has finally made its way to the top of my pile (yes, I still like to hold and flick through the pages of a real book!).

“Conversations of Change” is a practical handbook that helps leaders to make better decisions about change resources, know where to focus their efforts and feel more empowered and confident in managing change.

The format of the book is unique. First up, the author asks you to consider three variables:

  • How well do you know what the change to be delivered is?

  • How much internal resourcing do you have for change management?

  • How much budget do you have to hire specialist change resources?

She then frames her advice as four change ‘adventures’ based on the various combinations of answers. For example, Adventure 1 is for those who are unclear on what the change is, they have no internal resources but they do have a budget.

At the end there’s a handy summary of the key points for each adventure, making it easy to dip in and out of the most relevant parts of the book:

Part 1 looks at core concepts, and the types of decisions you need to make when leading change initiatives.

Part 2 addresses the key pillars of any change initiative – capability, readiness, resistance, stakeholder engagement, communication and leadership.

Part 3 considers some of the common myths and debates of contemporary organisational change management, what the future might hold and how you can further your knowledge.

Peppered throughout are interviews with senior practitioners and industry experts about their experience of organisational change and a series of helpful ‘conversation starters’ to guide your discussions with colleagues.

If you want to be a more effective leader of change in 2018 then “Conversations of Change - A Guide to Implementing Workplace Change" is a highly worthwhile read. It’s packed with information, practical advice and examples for the uninitiated and is a great reminder and reinforcement for those more experienced in organisational change.

If you’re involved in the most challenging of change efforts – a merger or acquisition – then you may also like a FREE copy of my book “Avoiding the M&A Failure Club – What the Numbers Don’t Reveal”.

Wishing you all the best for a successful 2018, navigating through your change adventures!



Posted: Friday 29 December 2017

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