Change is an inevitable part of life. I fact I have heard it said that change is the only constant in life. Despite the fact that people deal with change every single day, it is still a difficult process and something that many people struggle with. In fact many people do all they can to avoid change and when change comes they will resist it for all their worth. If you are leadership avoiding or resisting change is simply to an option. If you are a leader, change will happen and often times it will be your job to lead it.
Figuring out hoe to lead change without loosing your mind may seem like a dream. Learning how to deal with the people who avoid or resist change is a necessity. Determining the best way to work with the people who are already on board is vital. That’s where Carey Neiuwhof’s new book comes in, “Leading Change Without Loosing It.”
This book is the first in a series of three books written to help you navigate the tricky and treacherous waters of leading change within your organization. Carey is Lead Pastor at Connexus Community Church in Ontario Canada. During his time in ministry he has experienced the pain, frustration, and and the exhilaration that come with leading change. In this book Carey shares the knowledge he has gained through these experiences. Below are some highlights from this great book.
Here are the five strategies the Carey shares for leading change without loosing it.
Do the math: Calculate who is actually opposed.
Chose your focus: Decide whether you will focus on who you want to read or who you want to keep.
Find a filter: Develop the questions that will shape your future.
Attack problems, not people: Help people see you are for them even it you are not for their ideas.
Don’t quit: Persever until critical breakthrough.
Carey goes on to explain exactly what these strategies mean and how we can use them to help us Lead Change Without Loosing It.
Bottom line. If you are in leadership this book, and the two that will follow it, are must reads. I know that there are many leadership books out there and you may be asking if you really need to read another one. I also have a collection of leadership books and I personally believe that, if you are a leader, then you are never done learning about your craft and learning about leadership. So, yes you do need to read more about leadership and yes you should read this book.Matt Norman
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