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“Who Killed Change?” Read to Find Out

“Who Killed Change?” Read to Find Out

What’s “Who Killed Change?” About? In this “Who Killed Change?” book review, we follow the story of a seasoned detective named Agent Mike McNally who investigate the murder of an unnamed person who simply goes by the last name “Change” at a large company. He recalls that there has been a pattern of Change family deaths recently and vows to get to the bottom of this. The usual suspects are gathered: Carolina Culture, Chase Commitment, Spence Sponsorship, Chester of the Change Management…

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Kotter’s 8 Steps: Drive Change By Reading “Our Iceberg Is Melting”

Kotter’s 8 Steps: Drive Change By Reading “Our Iceberg Is Melting”

What’s “Our Iceberg Is Melting” About? In this “Our Iceberg Is Melting” book review, we learn Kotter’s 8 Steps by following the story of an observant penguin named Fred who stumbles upon evidence that the iceberg his clan calls home is melting (global warming, anyone?). This clan is very well managed, and the iceberg has been their home for as long as they could remember. Fred knows that he needs to not only act on this imminent doom, but also…

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Hate Bureaucracy? Read ‘That’s Not How We Do It Here!’

Hate Bureaucracy? Read ‘That’s Not How We Do It Here!’

What’s “That’s Not How We Do It Here!” About? In this “That’s Not How We Do It Here!” book review, we follow a young, ambitious meerkat who is part of a mature clan with over 150 members. This clan is well managed with detailed procedures for how to do just about everything. One day, a vulture starts attacking the clan and throws them out of homeostasis. The clan struggles to address the unexpected threat. Trust degrades as leaders turn to figure pointing and enforcement of existing policies….

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Hate Change? Read ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’

Hate Change? Read ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’

What’s “Who Moved My Cheese?” About? Dealing with change is hard – especially when it’s happening at work.  Luckily, there’s a book out there that will help you cope with organizational change.  The best part is: it takes less than an hour to read. In this ‘Who Moved My Cheese?‘ book review, we follow the fictional story of four mice in a maze. Two behave primitively, while the other two act more human-like. The four mice spend their time searching for cheese in…

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Have Trouble Sharing Your Ideas? Read ‘Shortcut’

Have Trouble Sharing Your Ideas? Read ‘Shortcut’

What’s “Shortcut” About? Analogy goes far beyond the “If hammer is to nail, then ax is to ____” we learned in school. It is a powerful shortcut for exploring a problem, proving a point, and shining light on an obscure concept. John Pollack’s ‘Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas‘ takes you on a skillfully written journey through some of history’s most pivotal political policies (he was a speech writer for Bill Clinton) and game changing innovations. He highlights analogies…

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