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

Immunity to Change

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

Hardcover Published: 13th January 2009
ISBN: 9781422117361
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Uncovering a Hidden Dynamic in the Challenge of Change
Reconceiving the Challenge of Changep. 11
Uncovering the Immunity to Changep. 31
"We Never Had a Language for It": Engaging the Emotional Life of the Organizationp. 61
Overcoming the Immunity to Change in Organizations, Individuals, and Teams
Overcoming the Groupwide Immunity to Change: A Collective Approachp. 87
David Doesn't Delegate Overcoming an Individual's Immunity to Changep. 125
Cathy Can't Contain Herself: Overcoming an Individual's Immunity to Changep. 145
The Case of Nascent Pharmaceuticals: Overcoming Individual Immunities to Help a Team Succeedp. 169
Over to You: Diagnosing and Overcoming Immunities in Yourself and Your Organization
Unlocking Potential Three Necessary Ingredientsp. 209
Diagnosing Your Own Immunity to Changep. 227
Overcoming Your Immunity to Changep. 253
Surfacing Your Collective Immunity to Changep. 283
Conclusion: Growing Your Own, How to Lead So People Developp. 307
Notesp. 325
Indexp. 329
About the Authorsp. 339
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ISBN: 9781422117361
ISBN-10: 1422117367
Series: Leadership for the Common Good
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 13th January 2009
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.8  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.7