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

Hardcover | April 8, 2008

byMichael Fullan

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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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From bestselling author Michael Fullan, wisdom for thriving in today's complex environmentSuccessful 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...

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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 leaders...

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 th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.17 × 6.44 × 0.75 inPublished:April 8, 2008Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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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

Extra Content

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.