I recently read HBR's 10 Must Reads on Communication, unfortunately this one was rather disappointing in comparison.
This book is part of Harvard Business Review's 10 Must Reads series and highlights 10 of the best essays and articles on Change Management published in HBR over the years. I'm shocked if this was the best they could find as I can only describe this collection as lacklustre.
The only real standout was Radical Change, the Quiet Way by Debra E. Meyerson, which describes how Tempered Radicals can push through organisational change via 4 simple tactics:
- Disruptive Self-Expression - making yourself into a positive talking point in the office through differentiation from the status quo
- Verbal Jujitsu - (what is it with consultants and confrontational fetishism?) redirecting negative statements and actions into positive change
- Variable-Term Opportunism - Look towards the long-term but don't be afraid to capitalise on short-term opportunities when they present themselves
- Strategic Alliance Building - Work with allies, learn from opponents in the organisation to deliver change.
This is really the only article worth reading out of the 10 in this book, so read it online instead.