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Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey.

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Book focus is about overcoming change barriers and contains exercises that you can undertake to help understand the proposed changes. The main suggestion is to analyse each change idea by using a table with the following four columns:

1. Commitment / Goal

2. Doing / Not doing instead

3. Hidden competing commitments / interests

4. Big assumptions

One of the first, most important things to do is to establish the correct thing to focus on and try to change, this needs to be a true high priority that requires change.  Enter this into column one. To help decide what you should try to change discuss this and get feedback from others about what they think should be the high priority, this goes for both personal and organizational change.  For personal change obtain suggestions from work colleagues, non work related friends and family. Change is difficult so the changes you try to make should be deliberately very well targeted.

Complete the other columns to obtain detailed information about the resistances that are in place currently, if working on organizational change do this as a team.

Book advocates adaptive leadership in which you are trying to test yourself in situations and learn to see the effect of changes that occur.  Clearly implementing change is a continuous cycle so remember to review the effects of the changes implemented and start the process again when a new goal is required.

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