Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review: The 7 Keys To Change

The 7 Keys To Change

A New Approach to Managing Change to Live Better and Work Smarter

by William Matthies

About The Book (quoted from website)
Thousands of books target business executives promising to reveal the methodologies and science of change management. The 7 Keys to Change isn't one of them.
This book was written for individuals who want to see more positive results from personal and professional change initiatives. And it's also a book managers should read to discover how to help themselves and their employees better manage change at work.
As a business-planning consultant, William Matthies helps management create plans that will lead to profitable new growth. Often the plans require the company to make changes, a difficult task for many organizations.
When he checked back with his clients a few months after planning assignements, he found very few accomplished anything close to 100% of their objectives with many achieving 50% or less. He became determined to figure out what really prevents a company from making the changes called for in their business plan. How could his clients generate better results? He realized he didn't know.
He reviewed his own consulting history hunting for clues regarding the process of change. Bill read countless books on the subject, absorbing the best information, adjusting his methods accordingly.
He broadened his investigatation and talked with many managers at private and public companies—from start-ups to large multinational companies—around the world. While his focus was on business planning and change management, he expanded his research to include non-business self-improvement discussions, psychology, and sociology. Finally, he commissioned primary research with a representative sample of over 500 adults to understand their thoughts regarding change.
Every manager, every employee, indeed every individual, needs to understand the tight interaction between planning and change management.  Whether you are charged with opening your company's overseas distribution center, or simply wish to lose 25 pounds, the process is the same.
The 7 Keys to Change: A New Approach to Managing Change to Live Better and Work Smarter starts with a statistical look at how we all view change, followed by a discussion of the nature of change, the results of efforts to create positive business and personal change, and, finally, the reason learning how to better manage change is the single most important thing any of us can do. The second part spells out the seven keys you can follow to create more positive results from changes in at work and at home.
Whether you are a manager, an employee, or both, or an individual who just wants live life more productively, The 7 Keys to Change will teach you how to achieve better results.

My Thoughts

As a stay at home mom/grandma/wife I wasn't sure if I would find this book interesting or even useful.  I gave up management to stay at home with my children and then my grandchildren and never really looked back.  However, I found "The 7 Keys to Change" to be a very interesting read.  We all face change every day of our lives some welcomed some not so welcomed.  Mr. Matthies gives you the tools to learn how to handle and manage those changes and not just on a business level but on a personal level as well.  He teaches you how to spot the change "triggers" allowing you to plan and take action before the change even occurs.   I found the book to be very practical, direct and easy to read.

Personally, I am one that does not deal with change very well.  With all the changes that have gone on in my own personal life in the past six months I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed.  This book showed up at just the right time for me and has allowed me to sit back and look at my situations with a different set of eyes.  From a business standpoint this book should be required reading for anyone in management.  You are given realistic, simple steps to face and deal with change head on.

A big thumbs up from me!

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