The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive

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From bestselling author Michael Fullan, wisdom for thriving intoday's complex environment

Successful organizations adjust quickly and intelligently toshifts in consumer tastes, political climate, and economicopportunity. How do they do it? The Six Secrets of Changeexplores essential lessons for business and public sector leadersfor thriving in today's complex environment. Fullan draws on hisacclaimed work in bringing about large-scale and substantial changein education reform in both public school systems and universities,as well as engaging in major change initiatives internationally.This book is filled with lessons that are insightful, actionable,and concisely communicable.

"Fullan has an uncanny ability to produce what is needed at thetime it is needed. The six secrets are based in theory, grounded inpractice, powerful in their relationship to each other, anddescribed in ways that enable deep understanding. It is arefreshing change from the surface lists of leadership and changeideas that all too often permeate education and businessliterature." —Vicki Phillips, director of education, Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Includes so-called leadership "secrets" that are decoded to beaccessible and useful
  • Offers illustrative examples from a variety of businesses,health organizations, and public education systems
  • Lays out the six factors to organizational success:collegiality, long-range plans allow for the unknown, nurtureemployees, learning, leadership at all levels, and positivepressure must be inescapable
  • Michael Fullan is the author of the acclaimed best-sellerLeading in a Culture of Change

Fullan convinces us that a leader who attends to all six keyfactors will have an organization that is constantly learning,growing, and thriving.

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Michael Fullan is professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on organizational change, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. Fullan is author of Change Leader and Leading in a Culture of Change. He lives in Toronto.
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Nov 29, 2011
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"At the very time the need for effective leadership is reachingcritical proportions, Michael Fullan's Leading in a Culture ofChange provides powerful insights for moving forward. We lookforward to sharing it with our grantees."
--Tom Vander Ark, executive director, Education, Bill and MelindaGates Foundation

"Fullan articulates clearly the core values and practices ofleadership required at all levels of the organization. Usingspecific examples, he convinces us that the key change principlesare equally critical for leadership in business and educationorganizations."
--John Evans, chairman, Torstar Corporation

"In Leading in a Culture of Change, Michael Fullan deftlycombines his expertise in school reform with the latest insights inorganizational change and leadership. The result is a compellingand insightful exposition on how leaders in any setting can bringabout lasting, positive, systemic change in theirorganizations."
--John Alexander, president, Center for Creative Leadership

"Michael Fullan's work is remarkable. He masterfully captureshow leaders can significantly improve their learning andperformance, even in the uncontrollable, chaotic circumstances inwhich they practice. A tour de force."
--Anthony Alvarado, chancellor of instruction, San Diego CitySchools

"Too often schools and businesses are seen as separate andforeign places. Michael Fullan blends the best of knowledge fromeach into an exemplary template for improving leadership inboth."
--Terrence E. Deal, coauthor of Leading with Soul

Business, nonprofit, and public sector leaders are facing newand daunting challenges--rapid-paced developments in technology,sudden shifts in the marketplace, and crisis and contention in thepublic arena. If they are to survive in this chaotic environment,leaders must develop the skills they need to lead effectively nomatter how fast the world around them is changing.

Leading in a Culture of Change offers new and seasoned leaders'insights into the dynamics of change and presents a unique andimaginative approach for navigating the intricacies of the changeprocess. Michael Fullan--an internationally acclaimed expert inorganizational change--shows how leaders in all types oforganizations can accomplish their goals and become exceptionalleaders. He draws on the most current ideas and theories on thetopic of effective leadership, incorporates case examples of largescale transformation, and reveals a remarkable convergence ofpowerful themes or, as he calls them, the five corecompetencies.

By integrating the five core competencies--attending to abroader moral purpose, keeping on top of the change process,cultivating relationships, sharing knowledge, and setting a visionand context for creating coherence in organizations--leaders willbe empowered to deal with complex change. They will be transformedinto exceptional leaders who consistently mobilize theircompatriots to do important and difficult work under conditions ofconstant change.

Cut through the mystique to learn the real drivers of great school leadership

Leverage Leadership 2.0 answers the basic question: what do great school leaders do that separates them from the rest? Rooted in the observation and training of over 20,000 school leaders worldwide, Leverage Leadership 2.0 offers a practical, updated and easier-to-use follow-up to the original, with field-tested techniques and actionable advice. As educational leaders around the world implement Leverage Leadership ideas, their collective stories have revealed a simple framework by which the seven levers may be implemented: See It, Name It, Do It. This book aligns classic Leverage Leadership principles with this proven framework to streamline implementation and help good leaders become great. Expert discussion and real-life success stories prove that effective leadership is not about innate charisma, charm, or personality—it’s about how a leader uses their time.

Aimed at all levels of school leadership, this book shows you what to do, and how and when to do it. The companion DVD includes 30 real-world videos that showcase effective leadership happening in our schools right now, and all templates, tools, and other professional development materials have been fully refreshed with a renewed focus on real-world implementation. Informational, inspirational, and highly motivational, this book explores both the separate components of success and what it looks like as a whole.

Learn the core principles of effective leadershipUnderstand what success looks like on the groundPractice the seven levers of leadership that allow transformational growthAdopt the tools and techniques that facilitate a schoolwide transformation

Educational leaders from a diverse array of schools around the world have found unprecedented success using the key principles detailed in Leverage Leadership, and this book is inspired — and informed — by their stories. Leverage Leadership 2.0 is the practical resource school leaders need to start making real change happen today.

For most businesses, success is fleeting. There are only two real choices: stick with the status quo until things inevitably decline, or continuously change to stay vital. But how?

Bestselling leadership and management guru Jason Jennings and his researchers screened 22,000 com­panies around the world that had been cited as great examples of reinvention. They selected the best, verified their success, interviewed their leaders, and learned how they pursue never-ending radical change.

The fresh insights they discovered became Jennings's "reinvention rules" for any business. The featured companies include: Starbucks-which turned itself around by mak­ing tons of small bets on new ideas. Fresher store designs, better food products, and free Wi-Fi were a few of the results. Apollo Tyres-which launched the Apollo Academy to train everyone and reinvented how it finds, keeps, and grows people. It went from five hundred million to two billion in annual sales in only a few years. Arrow Electronics-which found success by solving problems that drove its customers crazy and has become a twenty-billion-dollar electronics giant by shifting its focus from selling commodities to custom tailoring solutions. Smithfield Foods-which faced a PR crisis over the way it slaughtered animals and polluted the environment and transformed itself by hiring an environmental activist and empowering him to transform the company's ethos.

If you're ready to toss same old, same old out the door, The Reinventors will become your road map to successfully pursuing continuous change. It will help your company stay relevant for years to come.

From the Hardcover edition.

The Listening Leader is a practical guide that will inspire school, district, and teacher leaders to make substantive change and increase equitable student outcomes. Rooted in the values of equity, relationships, and listening, this luminous book helps reimagine what is possible in education today. Drawing from more than twenty years of experience in public schools, Shane Safir incorporates hands-on strategies and powerful stories to show us how to leverage one of the most vital tools of leadership: listening. As a Listening Leader you'll feel more confident in these core competencies:

Cultivating relationships with stakeholdersAddressing equity challenges in your organizationGathering student, staff, and parent perspectives as rich data on improvementFostering a thriving culture of collaboration and innovation

The Listening Leader offers a much-needed leadership model to transform every facet of school life, and most importantly, to shape our schools into equitable places of learning. As Michael Fullan writes in the Foreword, "Read it, act on it, and reap the benefits for all."

"This book is a 'must have' for any leader trying to move the needle on equity. Drawing from her lived experience as a principal and leadership coach, Safir offers stories that give insight and practical strategies that get results. It's one you'll keep coming back to."
—Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

" The Listening Leader immediately changed the way I interact with students, teachers, families and community members."
—Tamara Friedman, assistant principal, Berkeley High School

"Shane Safir has written a brilliant book. As engaging as it is informative and as revelatory as it is relevant. It is a must-read for school leaders and those who aspire to lead."
—Chris Emdin, associate professor of science education, Teachers College, Columbia University; author of For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya'll too

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