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

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Harvard Business Press, Feb 15, 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 and Lisa Lahey , coauthors of "How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work", have been research and practice collaborators for twenty-five years. Kegan is the William and Miriam Meehan Professor in Adult Learning and Professional Development at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Lahey is the Associate Director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group and a founding principal of Minds at Work, a leadership-learning professional services firm.

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