Let’s face it, change is hard. And when it involves changing others, it can be especially hard. Before kids, I was an IT Project Manager for a hospital in Alaska. I was leading teams that were pushing out new programs and systems that boosted the hospital’s mission and vision. I was faced with countless peers who insisted in doing things the “old way”, digging their heels in as we tried to progress. I wish this book was available back then! I gleaned new insights and many brilliant ideas for helping change work in my future.
Switch is loaded with case studies of individuals, companies, and teams who are all trying to change something. I just love a good case study! Switch gives us a more precise look at how our minds and emotions play into accepting or resisting change and how we can work around those obstacles. Switch gave out-of-the-box solutions that amazed me. I had many “now why didn’t I think of that?” moments while reading. Switch gives the reader a step by step action plan to make change happen. After reflecting on what I learned in this book, the answers to solving the change problem seem like common sense solutions. The authors give the reader the facts in a narrative, humorous way. It was an enlightening and entertaining read.
I think this book would be great for counselors, teachers, parents, politicians, community leaders, doctors & nurses, and anyone who wants to generate a lasting change within themselves or in the world around them. What do you want to change?
Switch: how to change things when change is hard by Chip Heath
Reviewed by Dahlia O’Neil
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