The Six Secrets Of Change: What The Best Leaders Do To Help Their Organizations Survive And Thrive

by Michael Fullan

Wiley | April 8, 2008 | Hardcover

The Six Secrets Of Change: What The Best Leaders Do To Help Their Organizations Survive And Thrive is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 9.17 × 6.44 × 0.75 in

Published: April 8, 2008

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787988820

ISBN - 13: 9780787988821

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful Fullan has a nice touch to his writing. His discussion on the nature of theory, and whether a theory travels is interesting. The six elements are neither earth shattering and probably not new, but he digs into them and gives a deeper level of understanding from someone that has been involved in change. His humility and his concern for people shows through, and as does his deep respect for the difficulty of change. In each chapter, I found myself, saying this is trivial, only upon reflection to say ... he had added something of worth to it. To really get into this book you have to read it slowly, savior the thoughts, and even mediate on them. It hard to say exactly why I liked this book, but I did ... there something unique about it. The secrets aren't hidden only that folks might jump to conclusion that they understand them without really reading what is written. I think that he might have done a better job of naming the 6 secrets, the titles hardly capture the essence of each idea or secret he expresses. There-in is the rub, there are ideas behind the ideas and that where the real wealth of his work lies.
Date published: 2009-04-13

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The Six Secrets Of Change: What The Best Leaders Do To Help Their Organizations Survive And Thrive

by Michael Fullan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 9.17 × 6.44 × 0.75 in

Published: April 8, 2008

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787988820

ISBN - 13: 9780787988821

About the Book

Fullan lays out the factors that allow an organization to sustain meaningful change: Collegiality must be cultivated, long-range plans must allow for the unknown, employees must be nurtured, learning must occur frequently and be developed at all levels, and positive pressure must be inescapable.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Introduction: Have Theory, Will Travel.

Secret One: Love Your Employees.

Secret Two: Connect Peers with Purpose.

Secret Three: Capacity Building Prevails.

Secret Four: Learning Is the Work.

Secret Five: Transparency Rules.

Secret Six: Systems Learn.

Conclusion: Keeping the Secrets.

References.

Index.

From the Publisher

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.

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Praise for The 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. 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

"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

"The Six Secrets of Change is a must for anyone who thinks about leadership, aspires to be a great leader, or thinks they are already an expert on the subject. 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. All those who are grappling with the challenges of leadership in complex organizations should read this book."
—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.

About the Author

Michael Fullan is professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He currently serves as special advisor in education to the premier of Ontario. Recognized as a worldwide authority on organizational change, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. Fullan is the author of Leading in a Culture of Change and Turnaround Leadership.