Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock Potential in Yourself and Your Organization

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Harvard Business Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 340 pages
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A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don't change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation aren't enough: even when it's literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive.

Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organizations?

In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs--along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations--combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us.

This persuasive and practical book, filled with hands-on diagnostics and compelling case studies, delivers the tools you need to overcome the forces of inertia and transform your life and your work.
 

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Kegan and Lahey wrote a brilliant and concise Harvard Business Review Article called "The Reeal Reason People Won't Change", (2001) in which they descuss the idea of "competing commitments" which are ... Read full review

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Robert Kegan is the William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads.

Lisa Laskow Lahey, a Harvard-educated adult developmental psychologist, is cofounder of the consulting group Minds at Work.

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