Summary of The Change Cycle

How People Can Survive and Thrive in Organizational Change

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The Change Cycle book summary
A field guide on how to survive – and benefit from – disruptive change: How to manage when change tears your life apart.


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Ann Salerno and Lillie Brock bring good cheer and great advice to a potentially depressing topic. Millions of people face altered lives and circumstances they never imagined possible. They have to change their lives in unexpected ways without preparation. The authors present their six-step “Change Cycle” as a simple, practical way to understand how your emotions work during such shifts and what you need to do to get your life back on track after massive change. Each stage of the process helps you determine what you have to do to master change, and to get to the next stage of adaptation as quickly and constructively as possible. By cheerfully emphasizing the present, and by showing you how to take small, effective steps into the future, Salerno and Brock help you realize that success is possible. They use real life stories to illustrate the ideas and principles they want you to try. getAbstract thinks this easy-to-read, breezy manual will help those who are dealing with job loss, involuntary job change, mandatory relocation or other traumatic shifts.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to handle the natural feelings of loss, anger and confusion that change brings into your life
  • How to traverse the six stages of the “Change Cycle”
  • How change can make you stronger and richer


The Only Constant Is Change
Change is a fact of life. Your company probably engages in multiple change initiatives that require you to alter the way you work and to learn new skills. You might be required to move or you might even lose a job you thought was secure. Choosing change is ...
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About the Authors

Ann Salerno is a trainer, consultant and the author of four books. Lillie Brock is a speaker and facilitator, and co-authored Caring Commitment and Choices. Together they created the Change Cycle Series.

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