Micro Shifts, macro results

7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change

Even if you don’t have change management in your job description, your job involves change.

Change is a given, as modern organizations respond to market and technology advances, make improvements, and evolve new practices to meet new challenges.

These are not simple changes on the organizational, group, or even team level. Often, there is no indisputable right answer and responding requires trial and error, learning and unlearning. Whatever you choose to do, it will interact with existing policies and structures with unpredictable results.

Rather than more rigorous planning, the answer is to shift to an approach that is adaptive, responsive, and engages people in learning, evolving, and owning the new way. 7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change presents a set of heuristics—guides to problem solving—that help answer the question: “What should I do next?”—clearing the fog to provide a new way forward, in a way that honors people and creates safety for change.

Other Books

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

By Esther Derby and Diana Larsen Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (formerly known as “post-mortems”) are only held at the end of the project – too late to help. However, waiting until the end of a project is too late! Agile retrospectives happen at a regular cadence throughout a product development cycle.

Now, Esther and Diana show you the tools and offer tips you need to fix the problems you face on a software development project on an on-going basis. You’ll see how to architect retrospectives in general, how to design them specifically for your team and organization, how to run them effectively, how to make the needed changes and how to scale these techniques up. You’ll learn how to deal with problems, and implement solutions effectively throughout the project – not just at the end.

This book will help you:

  • Design and run effective retrospectives
  • Learn how to find and fix problems
  • Find and reinforce team strengths
  • Address people issues as well as technological
  • Use tools and recipes that have been proven in the real world

Available from the Pragmatic Bookshelf.

Center Enter Turn Sustain: Essays in Change Artistry

by Esther Derby, Don Gray, Johanna Rothman, and Jerry Weinberg

A Change Artist is someone whose presence improves everyone’s chance of making a positive change. Change Artists don’t drive change. They know that supporting deep change requires empathy, systems-savvy, and an array of other skills.

Learn to Center, Enter, Turn, and Sustain change with masters of change artistry.  In this collection of essays, you’ll find guidance on:

  • Connecting with others to help them change
  • Listening for the wisdom behind “resistance”
  • Making change a productive, creative event
  • Negotiating for what is needed
  • Seeing and influencing underlying structures and systems
  • Observing exactly what is happening
  • Recognizing the stages of change and act in a way that supports both people and change

This collection is available in PDF, mobi and epub formats on LeanPub.

Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management

by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby

It’s possible to see the results of great management, but it’s not easy to see how managers achieve those results. Great management happens in one-on-one meetings and with other managers—usually in private. It’s hard to learn management by example when you can’t see it.

You can learn to be a better manager—even a great manager—with this guide. You’ll follow along as Sam, a manager just brought on board, learns the ropes over the course of his first seven weeks on the job. From organizing who works on what project when, to helping team members grow and prosper, you’ll be there as Sam makes it happen. You’ll find powerful tips covering:

  • Delegating effectively
  • Using feedback and goal-setting
  • Developing influence
  • Handling one-on-one meetings
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Deciding what work to do-and what not to do
  • …and more!

Full of tips and practical advice on the most important aspects of management, this is one of those books that can make an immediate and lasting impact on your career.

As a result, managers all over the world are reading Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. The book is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, and Korean, plus a special Indian re-print.

Available from the Pragmatic Bookshelf.


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