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"CHANGE OR DIE. What if you were given that choice? We're talking actual life and death now. Your own life and death. What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think, feel, and act? If you didn't, your time would end soon—a lot sooner than it had to. Could you change when change mattered most?"

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Published January 23rd 2007 by HarperAudio (first published December 26th 2006)
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Jan 18, 2011 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annette by: Randy
Shelves: self-help
My husband took a LEAN class over the summer and his instructor recommended this book. He really likes it a lot and he says he does use this information at work. I decided to read it(actually I listened to the audio version) because I find the study of change fascinating.

The main point of the book is: most people will try to entice other people to change using the three F's: facts, force and fear. These usually don't work at least not for the long term. He suggests that what does work are the t
Libby Gill
Nov 05, 2012 Libby Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorite non-fiction books - Alan Deustchman's "Change or Die" - poses a question as compelling as any you're ever likely to hear. If you had to change your beliefs and behaviors or risk premature death, could you do it? You may think so, but the well-documented scientific research is betting against you. Nine to one against you, in fact. But there's hope as Deutschman details in this page-turner. Experts in a variety of fields including healthcare, criminal rehabilitation, an ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Blueprint for Change Agents

Author Alan Deutchman writes powerfully about the phenomenon of personal change – both in our professional and “real” lives. He starts with the arresting premise that, even if faced with the stark choice of changing or dying, many people would slack off. Instead, he offers three factors for genuine change and case studies illustrating these lessons.

The case studies include
• A successful homeless/rehab shelter in San Francisco
• Dean Ornish’s diet and wellness work wi
Nov 06, 2014 Cara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book brings up a couple of interesting questions. The one that is most interesting is this: why do people find it so hard to change their behaviors even when it's literally a matter of life and death? You'd think the possibility of DYING would be enough to get people to improve their diets or stop doing drugs or participating in dangerous activities, but it clearly isn't. The author suggests that negative reinforcements are not as powerful as positive reinforcements, which may be true, but ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Sylia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book, while interesting, wasn't very instructive. Deutschman outlines his three key points for change, and spends the entire book bringing in real-life examples of how they have been applied. He doesn't really go into too much detail about the psychology of change, or realistic examples of how one can change the smaller things in one's life. For example, chapter on "Changing a Loved One" just summarized Bill Gates' relationship with his mother, and really failed to give any practical advice ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 'barticle' -- an article that mushroomed into a book. The idea here is that you can change things you want to, like bad habits, or obesity or whatever, by doing three things: getting human support (relate), learning new habits (repeat) and by learning new ways of thinking (reframe). One is tempted to say that this tripartite solution merely defines change rather than making it possible by revealing deep secrets, but that's carping. If you do these three things, you can change the toughes ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was compelling, but I'd have liked it better if there had been fewer lengthy examples of groups and companies that had effected change and more concrete examples of individuals who had effected and maintained change in their lives. It's well worth reading though.
Jun 04, 2017 Carina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A helpful model for understanding why change is hard and alternate ways to approach change.
Jeff Zell
May 04, 2016 Jeff Zell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life
Deutschman, Alan. Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life. New York: Regan, 2007.

I first learned of this book in a seminar on financial stewardship at Gloria Dei Lutheran, South Bend, IN. The speaker talked about how difficult it is for both organizations and individuals to change ways of thinking and behavior. Even when change is absolutely essential to survival and thriving, people resist change.

Deutschman observes that when significant change does occur, it is because the
Mar 02, 2017 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, own
This was a tough one to rate. I did not like it at all when I started it, but it grew on me. I find that his premise is narrow. He is so enamored by his idea of how change happens that he forces everything to fit into it. I actually felt that the Conclusion: Change and Thrive (the very last chapter) was the best of the whole book, followed by the section on Personal Change.
All in all, he writes well; and if nothing else, his book has inspired me to make some changes in my life without fitting i
Oct 14, 2010 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find the topic of Change fascinating. There is a popular belief that change is impossible and that people are always going to be same. This isn't true at all, it may be challenging but change is possible. One of the reasons people can be so resilient to change is that once their brains become hard-wired to think or act a certain way it can take a long time to "re-wire" it to create a new habit. Sometimes it can be from being surrounded an environment that continually encourages that undesired ...more
Alberto Lopez
Feb 22, 2017 Alberto Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
What a great book; especially considering how challenging behavioral modification is. The information it contains is quite revealing and simple. It makes you wonder why doctors and teachers don't get a clue when the right solution is clearly so readily available.
Munro Richardson
Mar 13, 2012 Munro Richardson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change or Die has a deceptively simple premise. Virtually anyone who comes up against unexpected obstacles or challenges can change the way they think, act and feel. You probably know someone who knows that they need to make a life critical change in their life--lose weight, exercise, stop drinking. Despite the dire consequences of not doing so, most people don't make the needed changes in their life.

Intuitively, we think that this change first has to be come from the inside. Author Alan Deutsc
Ted Trembinski
This book confronts a simple human obstacle: the difficulty of change. Unlike many of the other books I've recently read, this book seems to cherry pick it's examples and theories to reinforce and strengthen Deutschman's own thoughts about change.

The book is split into two sections. The first section is Deutschman applying his three "keys to change" to three separate populations; heart patients, criminals at a special rehabilitation home in California, and disgruntled factory workers shortly aft
I guess the drama of the title of this book made me pick it up off the shelf at a bookstore. My life's been all about change for the last year or so. Some changes we choose, some we don't. This book is about the process of change. It's a simple premise- three steps to change- 1. "Relate. You form a new, emotional relationship with a person or community that inspires and sustains hope." 2. "Repeat. The new relationship helps you learn, practice, and master the new habits and skills that you'll ne ...more
For as ominous a book title as Change or Die is, this book from Alan Deutschman is rather hopeful. By examining the mechanics of change, the author is almost blasphemous in his progressiveness. Further exploration finds the author breaking down change into three critical keys: Relate, Report and Reframe. These keys allow us to make positive change permanent in our lives.

Deutschman uses several case studies to concrete his thoughts. Of particular interest is Dr. Dean Ornish and his approach to li
Experience Life
Mar 22, 2010 Experience Life rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the end of his book, Fortune magazine reporter Alan Deutschman makes an apology for the title, which he admits is a bit of a bait and switch. The fearful connotations are meant to grab the potential reader, after which Deutschman can begin arguing the opposite view: Fear doesn’t motivate people to change (at least in the long term); hope does.

Deutschman offers several compelling case studies that illustrate how most lasting changes have three stages in common: The people making the changes re
Aug 12, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly fascinating book that (thankfully) never swayed into self-help territory. A very practical and realistic look at how and why certain individuals, companies and industries are able to undergo significant and sustainable change even with the odds are stacked against them.

Utilizing accessible case studies, Alan Deutschman makes business and psychology terminology whip by at a rapid pace. A former writer for Forbes and Fast Company, Deutschman offers humor and fantastic first-person i
Feb 03, 2017 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio of this book, which was well done. His voice portrayed the emotions and emphasis necessary to keep my attention and get the author's points across well. I usually enjoy reading books like this in order to highlight key points, but the author does that for you by having periodic summaries throughout. I am glad I listened to it because it gave me images to tie to the concepts instead.
The book itself was very interesting. The author has 3 points to change that he repeats thr
Jan 03, 2016 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is litterally life changing. I LOVE it. I have read it 3 times and share it with clients who are in my group therapy (men in prison setting) If you are someone who has trouble making changes and KEEPING UP with those changes this book is going to blow you away.

Change or Die basically poses the question "What if someone told you you had change "X" about yourself or you will die?" of course we all say " I would make the change" but the book points out that we are given that option over a
Mr. Gottshalk
Well, by his own admission, the author really means for the title to be "Change to Thrive". The radical use of the word "die" really means that not changing or adapting to the world will hurt you. This may happen financially (as in the IBM and GM examples), creatively (as in chef Boloud's example), mentally (as in the criminals in the Delancey Street house, San Francisco example) or physically (as in former V.P Dick Cheney's example). If we remain rigid in our thinking we can't keep up with the ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fascinating. He uses case studies of heart disease patients, criminal on parole and an auto factory that has to be shut down to establish the high percentage of people who won't change, even though it may take their life, freedom or job. But then he uses examples of groups who have reversed the odds (Dean Ornish, Delancy Street & Toyota) and analyzes what they have in common that allows individuals and organizations to make important changes. There are a lot of other great case stud ...more
Nov 06, 2010 Jenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are several reasons why I liked this book so much. The author is a great storyteller, weaving in stories about people and companies who have made big changes in the face of big challenges. His style of writing makes the stories inspirational without going over the top. The author makes an easy to understand case of why change works or fails, drawing on psychological theory and practice, again without going over the top and making this a psych book. The message he delivers is simple and pow ...more
Zachary Brough
Mar 09, 2016 Zachary Brough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Or more appropriately, Change and Thrive. This book is very inspiring. The case studies it presents are amazing, and the overall psych concepts and "three keys" give hope to anyone looking to change. The big question now is how do I apply these keys to my life to make desired changes, and that is what I believe kept me from giving a 5-star rating. The author did address changing your own life (in addition to changing an organization, helping others to change, etc.), but I was left wanting a litt ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
This one might also be worth possessing in printed form. There are some elements of a "self-help tutorial" for some part of the work. I think the most relevant was the the first set of parameters for how so much of what drives medical care costs are really life-style decisions - that people refuse to acknowledge even as they go back for subsequent bypass operations. It was worth the listen just to hear him blame eating, drinking, smoking, obesity, and stress for accounting for most health care c ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change or Die is a shock title. The author even apologizes for the dramatic headline. Why? Because Facts, Fear and Force do not cause long term changes. They Fail. True change comes from The three R's. Relate, Repeat, Reframe. Relate means you should seek now relationships to inspire change. Repeat mans you should learn new behaviors and practice them. Reframe means you should use your new connections to support your new behaviors.
Sep 08, 2007 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to change or create change
Faced with a life or death situation - could you change? After a very provocative opening, the author outlines three keys for real, lasting change that upon reflection - make a great deal of sense. The book is engaging and full of examples to connect the three keys - I actually needed to stop reading several times to process and really THINK about what the author says.
I've blogged about it more at link
Mar 06, 2011 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-owned
This book is quick and easy to read. The key idea is explained clearly using examples from heart patients, criminals and companies. A must read for people who believe that "burning platforms" are the way to motivate others to change. My favourite quote is "People don't resist change, they resist being changed". If you see change as an active learning process, you can tackle it more successfully.
Ro Laberee
Feb 24, 2016 Ro Laberee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ro by: 80
What a book. Its title is hokey but don't let that thwart a focused reading. You won't regret one minute. The author has a gift. The stories he tells, like blunt instruments, deliver potent truths which cannot be discounted. He grants his readers clarifying moments - one after another - from start to finish, and often I found my heart was pounding with excitement as I imagined using the nuggets of knowledge he put forth. I look forward to reading it all over again.
Jan 08, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alan Deutschman is currently writing "Walk the Walk," a book about leadership, which will be published in September 2009 by the Portfolio imprint at Penguin.

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