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Leading Successful Change, Revised and Updated Edition

8 Keys to Making Change Work

Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon

“Few people have more experience guiding organizational change than Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon.”—Adam Grant, New York Times–bestselling author, Originals and Give and Take

Featured on CNBC and in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, Leading Successful Change is now updated for 2020 and beyond to help leaders successfully navigate the ever-increasing pace of change.

When Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter as CEO in 2015, the company was in trouble. But unlike so many other social media platforms that have crumbled under tough conditions, Twitter is still alive—and thriving.

How did Twitter turn itself around in one of the most turbulent and competitive industries? The change management approach of authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon guided a significant area of the organization’s turnaround effort.

In this revised and updated edition of Leading Successful Change, Shea and Solomon share success stories from a host of companies including Twitter, Viacom, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, offering a tested method for leading successful change, which they have developed over a combined 50 years of helping organizations do just that.

In Leading Successful Change, Shea and Solomon share:

  • Why most change efforts fail
  • The two key tenets for making successful change
  • How to create a scene that will provide a vision of the future
  • The 8 Levers of Change, a tried-and-true method for designing the work environment to support the changes
  • How winning companies—from IKEA to Whirlpool—are successfully implementing change

Change is not optional and it is difficult—but it is also not impossible, with Leading Successful Change.

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Praise for Leading Successful Change, Revised and Updated Edition

“Leading Successful Change is more than a must-read for leaders today—it is a must-use guide for anyone who is faced with leading others to a future that is better than today. Authors Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon take a powerful and provocative stance on how change really happens…. Leading Successful Change is the book to read if you are a leader who genuinely cares about people and your organization’s success.”

—Annie McKee, PhD, author, Management: A Focus on Leaders, and coauthor, Primal Leadership

“Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have written a novel and valuable resource for leaders of change.”

—Michael Useem, Professor of Management, Wharton School, and author, The Leader’s Checklist

“In Leading Successful Change, Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have produced a wonderfully concise outline which will enable leaders to meaningfully engage in the visioning and execution of such changes within an organization.   While the hard work of articulating the vision and implementation remain, the reader will have a strong leg up in the journey utilizing the tools provided.  My thanks to them for publishing this book.”

—Richard J. Green, Vice Chairman and CEO, Firstrust Bank

“Leading Successful Change is a vital resource for anyone who leads organizational change.  Gregory Shea and Cassie Solomon articulate a model for envisioning and implementing change that every leader can use before and throughout any change initiative. I highly recommend Leading Successful Change as an essential reference guide.”

—Steven M. Altschuler, MD and CEO, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“Bookshelves—real and virtual—abound with books and journals about the inevitability and importance of change. Now Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have written Leading Successful Change, which describes the organizational challenges of change and a plan to affect it. This is an important read for anyone who recognizes that dealing with change is critical to success and is concerned about past ineffective efforts. Unlike so many books on the art and science of leadership and management, this one is without fluff and consequently delivers its messages clearly and concisely.”

—Hugh Hochberg, President, The Coxe Group Inc.

“A … highly readable schematic for organizational change.”

—Kirkus Reviews

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