Joe and Wanda on Management

Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode, two characters from Nick McCormick’s book, “Lead Well and Prosper,” dispense their management wisdom

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Managing Change in the Workplace

17 February, 2009 (00:08) | Book Review, Management | By: Administrator

After doing a post on change management a while back I got introduced to Leslie Allan’s ebook titled, Managing Change in the Workplace: A Practical Guide. True to its title, it is indeed a practical guide. The author provides step-by-step actions to guide the reader through the change process. Although quite short (I love short books!), it is extremely comprehensive.

Allan describes the aspects of the change management process and how to implement change successfully. In doing so, not only does the reader get introduced to the 5 principles guiding successful change programs and the author’s CHANGE implementation approach, but there are also primers on goal setting, project management, and forming teams – all necessary components for implementing change successfully.

Care to comment, Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I have not read the book. As you are well aware, I learn by doing, not by burying my nose in paper and ink. I will say that I’m not sure why people make such a fuss over change. Some say they embrace change. I take it a step further – a big step. I’m addicted to change. I just can’t get enough of it. In fact, when there’s not enough, I manufacture my own. I need my change fix. Makes me feel alive. Keeps my guys on their toes too.

Wanda B. Goode: I enjoyed the book. Not surprisingly, much of the focus is on preparation and planning. Some may look to short-cut these activities. Those that do will continue to flounder. This book is for those that want to succeed. It’s a fine roadmap for implementing change successfully.

As for the change addict, ask him about the time housekeeping switched the toilet paper from two ply to one ply. I hear he still brings in his own roll.

Joe Kerr: Now Wanda, that’s not fair. One of these days, and I hope that day comes soon, you will learn that some things are sacred, and T.P. is one of those things.

Wanda B. Goode: O brother!

For additional information on change management check out Leslie Allan’s website –

Here are a few other posts as well.

This one gives a good reason for improving your change management capability.
Effective Change Management: Building Your Internal Change Capability.

This one points out the importance of Engaging the People in the change management process.
Change Management Life Cycle Phase II: Engage the People.

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