Summary of Real Time Strategic Change

How to Involve an Entire Organization in Fast and Far-Reaching Change

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Real Time Strategic Change book summary
Why do so many change efforts fail? Maybe because the people most affected by them aren’t involved.


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Consultant Robert W. Jacobs walks you through his "Real Time Strategic Change" program, which, he explains, has been successfully implemented in numerous companies and organizations. He discusses how and why it works, and points out why other commonly used change strategies don’t. Although the book achieves its mission nicely, it gets bogged down by continuous, detailed examples of each step in the process, which provide little in the way of illumination. His excellent guidelines for change still manage to shine through. getAbstract recommends this book to all those who are or will be involved with implementing individual, group or organization-wide change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “Real Time” strategic change is
  • Why some commonly used change strategies are fundamentally flawed
  • Why creating community, involvement and empowerment is integral to strategic change success


Inclusion Equals Effective Change
Most organizational change efforts fall short because those who are most interested in and affected by the changes are not included in either planning or implementing them. It’s not enough to gather people together for a big meeting to hear someone else...
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About the Author

Robert W. Jacobs is a partner in 5 Oceans, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in organization-wide transformation. His publications include articles and case studies on strategic change and its application. He lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

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