It Starts with One: Changing Individuals Changes Organizations
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It Starts with One: Changing Individuals Changes Organizations

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Today, virtually every organization faces massive change. Unfortunately, change is extraordinarily difficult, and most attempts to initiate and sustain it fail. In It Starts with One, J. Stewart Black and Hal B Gregersen identify the core problem: changing individuals and the "mental maps" inside their heads must happen before you can change the organization. Just as actua...more
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Published January 10th 2008 by FT Press (first published June 12th 2002)
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An organizational change program that truly works

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught that nothing is permanent except change. But, in business, even attempts to change aren’t permanent – in fact, corporate transformations are usually either temporary or doomed at the outset. Executives order organizational shifts, assuming that their employees will institute them immediately as instructed and that fruitful transformation will thus ensue promptly. Unfortunately, that seldom happens because hu...more
Rick Austin
In the same line as Kotter's Heart of Change this book distills change down to 3 main stages - See, Move, Finish. It provides a lot of details about the barriers to change - failure to see, failure to move, and failure to finish. It was particularly interesting to understand the concept of maps that we have in our minds and how difficult it is to change those maps.

Another enlightening area was the focus upon finishing. Typical change efforts focus on the see and move part and make a unfortunate...more
Ron Felder
I really enjoyed this book. It does a wonderful job of breaking down the reasons why change doesn't happen in organizations and provides some suggested tools and techniques for ensuring the change happens. I'm looking forward to using the tools and techniques for my own change leadership needs.
This book was a bit dry. I really enjoy leadership books but this one did not catch my attention like i expected it to.
Amber Burris
A very interesting perspective - focuses on change at the individual level and why it's so important.
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Some refreshing tools and insights - maybe it was the book I needed at this particular tim in my life or it is really good :) I liked the model - easy to use and remember - must rea again in a few years.
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