Summary of Managing at the Speed of Change

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Managing at the Speed of Change book summary


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In part because author Daryl R. Conner applies common sense ideas, and in part because his ideas have spread throughout corporate culture, some aspects of this book may seem familiar. Conner would probably count that as a positive development, because one of his core premises is that change is exhausting and, therefore, you should try to make changes as palatable as possible to the people they will affect. Thomas Edison did this by making the first electric lights resemble the already-familiar gas fixtures. But even if you’ve heard all of this before, don’t underestimate the book’s usefulness. Conner’s theories may not surprise you, but he offers many immediately applicable tools for dealing with change, and he uses clear, expressive language to do so. Because you’ll learn several useful tips if you read even a few pages, getAbstract recommends this book to anyone guiding any kind of organization – family, nonprofit, business or school – through change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use the eight principles of change;
  • Why change initiatives fail so often and are so exhausting; and
  • How to prepare yourself and those around you for change.

About the Author

Daryl R. Conner has been working as a consultant in the field of change management for 30 years. He is the author of Leading at the Edge of Chaos.



The Changing World
The world is changing so quickly that no one remains unaffected by change, yet most people find change confusing, even overwhelming, and they have not developed the personal traits that would allow them to deal with it successfully.

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