Summary of Whole-Scale Change

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7 Overall

6 Applicability

8 Innovation

3 Style


If ever there was a book that sounded like it was written by a bunch of consultants it’s this one. And - surprise - a look at the cover reveals that the author is none other than Dannemiller Tyson Associates, with about 15 people connected with the firm credited as contributors. With origins like these, it’s no wonder that the book is chock full of phrases like, "If you facilitate a paradigm shift among enough microcosms, the entire organization will share the experience." But don’t let the lame language scare you off. If you want to learn change management strategies, sooner or later you’re going to have to pick up consultant-ese. Once you do, you’ll be intrigued by the concepts set down in this book about whole-scale change and the use of microcosms in bringing about organizational change. In fact, getAbstract strongly recommends this book for its innovative ideas, in spite of its tortured prose.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a subset of your organization can allow you to see the DNA of the company;
  • How the “star of success” will help your organization focus its energy; and
  • How to sustain the momentum after comprehensive change.

About the Author

"Whole-Scale" is a trademark of the consulting firm of Dannemiller Tyson Associates, and as such, the book is identified as the work of the "whole" organization. Although it is not written as an anthology, individual contributors are listed: Kathie Dannemiller, Paul Tolchinsky, Roland Loup, Sylvia James, Jeff Belanger, Al Blixt, Kathy Church, Mary Eggers, Allen Gates, Leigh Hennen, Henry Johnson, Lorri Johnson, Stas Kazmierski, Ron Koller and Jim McNeil.



Thinking Whole
Today, companies have an overwhelming need to depart from 20th century organizational models. Already, major corporations have successfully used large group interventions to change their strategic focus. Today, leaders need to go deeper. Now, you should address your organization...

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