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Leading Successful Change, Revised and Updated Edition
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Leading Successful Change, Revised and Updated Edition
8 Keys to Making Change Work

Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon

108 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth 2020 | ISBN 9781613631423 | $45.00s | Outside the Americas £36.00
Paper 2020 | ISBN 9781613630945 | $18.99t | Outside the Americas £14.99
Ebook editions are available from selected online vendors
A volume in the series Wharton School Press

"Few people have more experience guiding organizational change than Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon. Their book gives you a front-row seat to major transformation efforts—and a collection of tips that you can put into practice straightaway."
—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take and host of the chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife

"A . . . highly readable schematic for organizational change."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Leading Successful Change is more than a must-read for leaders today—it is a must-use guide for anyone who is faced with leading others to a future that is better than today. Authors Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon take a powerful and provocative stance on how change really happens. They start with people—who we are, what we need, what we care about, and how to engage our hearts and minds when we're faced with profound changes. Shea and Solomon understand that people expect and deserve care and attention from leaders, especially during times of change. In this new and exciting book, you will learn how emotionally intelligent leaders can use a field-tested framework to engage people in transformation that leaves everyone—and the organization—stronger and better equipped to thrive in our new world. Leading Successful Change is the book to read if you are a leader who genuinely cares about people and your organization's success."
—Annie McKee, PhD, author of How to Be Happy at Work and coauthor of Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership

"Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have written a novel and valuable resource for leaders of change."
—Michael Useem, Professor of Management, Wharton School, and author of The Leader's Checklist

"The financial service industry has been beset on all sides by structural changes and challenges to its business model. Rapid changes in technology, consumer expectations and behavior have joined with confusing and increasing governmental regulations, all of which now require financial organizations who want to continue to thrive to alter their businesses, the way they deliver their services, and the organizational structures that will enable them to do so. At this time, there is much more urgency to get the necessary changes right the first time, as the pace and complexity of change will not abide anything but near perfect execution. In Leading Successful Change, Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have produced a wonderfully concise outline which will enable leaders to meaningfully engage in the visioning and execution of such changes within an organization. While the hard work of articulating the vision and implementation remain, the reader will have a strong leg up in the journey utilizing the tools provided. My thanks to them for publishing this book."
—Richard J. Green, Board Chairman and CEO, Firstrust Bank

"As the nature of change in the healthcare industry evolves and the pace of change quickens, leaders are charged with taking on an increased commitment to growth and change, to look farther ahead, and to have the determination to transform their organizations in the face of greater uncertainty. Leading Successful Change is a vital resource for anyone who leads organizational change. Gregory Shea and Cassie Solomon articulate a model for envisioning and implementing change that every leader can use before and throughout any change initiative. I highly recommend Leading Successful Change as an essential reference guide."
—Steven M. Altschuler, MD and Managing Director, Healthcare Ventures at Ziff Capital Partners

"Bookshelves—real and virtual—abound with books and journals about the inevitability and importance of change. Now Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have written Leading Successful Change, which describes the organizational challenges of change and a plan to affect it. This is an important read for anyone who recognizes that dealing with change is critical to success and is concerned about past ineffective efforts. Unlike so many books on the art and science of leadership and management, this one is without fluff and consequently delivers its messages clearly and concisely."
—Hugh Hochberg, Principal, The Coxe Group Inc.

"A must read! What organization doesn't struggle with change? Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon take this daunting challenge from concept to tangible and practical strategies. Their 8 levers of change help us all focus our efforts to create meaningful change in organizations."
—Thomas J. Saporito, Executive Chairman, RHR International LLP

"This book should be considered essential reading for anyone who is trying to plan and/or implement change in his or her organization. It provides a very clear, succinct, and usable model for sorting through what change you are trying to accomplish and what concrete steps you intend to take to get there. In effect, it can be used as a more complex tool in the spirit of Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto, since it encourages discipline where good intentions usually dominate. Once you read it, you're guaranteed to be more thoughtful about the change process and that should certainly translate into being more successful as well."
—Fritz Steele, author of Consulting for Organizational Change and coauthor of Workplace by Design

"Leading Successful Change should be in the briefcase of every manager and not on their bookshelf. The reader is warned ahead of time that the size of the book is inversely proportional to its depth. I have used the approach that it presents over the years, yet I have already read Leading Successful Change twice because it is so rich. It contains the essential elements to all who manage a project, a team, a division, or an entire organization and who seek sustainable results. We have all heard the conventional wisdom regarding execution and change efforts, but how often have we been offered concrete advice that addresses the entire work environment from a systems approach? Shea and Solomon do just this in a well-written, concise manner that is both captivating for its frankness in demonstrating successes and failures in change efforts and proving that there is no small change effort. And most importantly, that it is the people who count."
—Robert M. Weinstein, PhD, President, Robertet, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer, Robertet USA

"Leading Successful Change is a compact book full of high-impact ideas. These ideas, grounded in sound management science, are practical in application and profound in effect. In our organization, they transformed not only the way we think, but much more importantly, the way we act. The ideas and approach described by Shea and Solomon will be indispensable not only to any executive who truly wants to change an organization but to anyone who wants to change any human behavior system, including their own. Read it!"
—Robert J. Laskowski, MD, MBA, President and CEO Christiana Care Health System (retired)

"In Leading Successful Change, Shea and Solomon powerfully explore two critical aspects of successful change. They focus on a vivid scene of the desired future as the place to start and then offer 8 compelling levers, which in various combinations can make it real. Pragmatic tools, cases, and focused questions help a reader navigate the turbulence of our current environment."
—Thomas Gilmore, author of Making A Leadership Change and Lynn Oppenheim, President, CFAR

"We at Performance Programs have concentrated for 25 years on enlightening leaders about their behavior and helping them identify changes that will improve performance. Shea and Solomon's book, Leading Successful Change, cogently presents the other piece of the change puzzle, namely on how to design systems of work to drive behavioral change. Their approach is not just fresh, it is concrete and practical. Leaders should buy this book, share it, and discuss it. Most of all, they should use what's in it again and again."
—Paul M. Connolly, Ph.D., President, Performance Programs, Inc.

"Myriad books are written about change management in organizations but fail to provide practical advice on how to move the entire system toward the future you envision. Through their Work System Model, Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon provide a comprehensive and practical approach to leading your organization through the often-times treacherous process of change. I've seen firsthand how effective this approach can be in complex organizations; simply put, it works! Anyone involved in either significant or incremental change processes needs to read this book."
—Patrick T. Harker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

"Leading Successful Change is a blockbuster resource that provides transformational, yet practical approaches to implementing and sustaining change—taking out the chaos that typically accompanies most organizational change initiatives."
—Judy L. Schueler, Vice President, Organization Development & Human Resources, University of Pennsylvania Health System (retired)

"In our turbulent environment, the ability to adapt and to change efficiently have become a fundamental requirement for competitiveness. Leading Successful Change brings the reader the benefit of years of experience in helping organizations to transform themselves. Consequently, the approach presented is most practical. This book should be in the toolbox of CEOs and top executives who have to deal with this difficult mission every day: Lead your business in continuous and successful mutation. It is in mine."
—Jean-Christophe Sibileau, General Manager Europe, Bonduelle Group

"In a clear and compelling style, Shea and Solomon cut through the noise and assumptions around change efforts to provide a behavior-based and highly practical approach to getting real change to occur and to stick in organizations of all kinds. I've been deeply involved in change efforts in multiple organizations and I can vouch for just the kind of approach recommended in Leading Successful Change."
—Evan Wittenberg, EVP and Chief People Officer, Ancestry

"In 2020, change is no longer an option and as a leader, you can ignore all the advice you have been given about 'keeping the status quo as it is.' Gregory Shea's and Cassie Solomon's groundbreaking work on Leading Successful Change has been updated and transformed and, in my opinion, is the handbook for positive disruption for any leader in any industry in the 2020s."
—Stephen K. Klasko, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University; Distinguished Fellow for the Future of Health, World Economic Forum

"Few people have more experience guiding organizational change than Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon." —Adam Grant, New York Times-bestselling author, Originals and Give and Take

Featured on CNBC and in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, Leading Successful Change is now updated for 2020 and beyond to help leaders successfully navigate the ever-increasing pace of change.

When Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter as CEO in 2015, the company was in trouble. But unlike so many other social media platforms that have crumbled under tough conditions, Twitter is still alive—and thriving.

How did Twitter turn itself around in one of the most turbulent and competitive industries? The change management approach of authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon guided a significant area of the organization's turnaround effort.

In this revised and updated edition of Leading Successful Change, Shea and Solomon share success stories from a host of companies including Twitter, Viacom, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, offering a tested method for leading successful change, which they have developed over a combined 50 years of helping organizations do just that.

In Leading Successful Change, Shea and Solomon share:
  • Why most change efforts fail
  • The two key tenets for making successful change
  • How to create a scene that will provide a vision of the future
  • The 8 Levers of Change, a tried-and-true method for designing the work environment to support the changes
  • How winning companies—from IKEA to Whirlpool—are successfully implementing change

Change is not optional and it is difficult—but it is also not impossible—with Leading Successful Change.

"A must-use guide for anyone who is faced with leading others to a future that is better than today."
Annie McKee, author, How to Be Happy at Work.

"Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon have written a novel and valuable resource for leaders of change."
Michael Useem, Professor of Management, The Wharton School, and author, The Leader's Checklist

"Wonderfully concise."
Richard J. Green, Board Chairman and CEO, Firstrust Bank

"The handbook for positive disruption for any leader in any industry in the 2020s."
Stephen K. Klasko, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University; Distinguished Fellow for the Future of Health, World Economic Forum

Gregory P. Shea, PhD, president of Shea and Associates, Inc., consults, researches, writes, and teaches in the areas of organizational and individual change and leadership. He is adjunct professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and of its Aresty Institute of Executive Education, senior fellow at Wharton School's Center for Leadership and Change, adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Wharton, and senior consultant at the Center for Applied Research. He was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from Wharton.

Shea is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Psychological Association. He frequently co-hosts Sirius Business Radio's In the Workplace and has numerous podcasts and articles on Knowledge@Wharton. His writing has appeared in such journals as the Sloan Management Review, Journal of Applied Management, Journal of Applied Behavior Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, British Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Management Development, and Nursing Administration Quarterly. He has also served as contributing editor to or reviewer for various professional journals.

Shea is the coauthor of Your Job Survival Guide: A Manual for Thriving in Change. He is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and holds an MSc in management studies from the London School of Economics and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Administrative Science from Yale University.

Cassie A. Solomon, president and founder of The New Group Consulting, Inc., coaches leaders and consults to organizations on the design and implementation of strategic change. She instructs executives at Wharton's Aresty Institute of Executive Education and has taught health care executives at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She is the creator of RACI Solutions and has helped leaders around the around the globe break down silos and strengthen cross-functional teams. Her writing has appeared in Knowledge@Wharton, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. Solomon is a certified futurist and an ardent student of the impact of new technology on the future of work. She is a member of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. Cassie is an alumna of Yale University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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