We absolutely loved The Change Catalyst by Campbell Mcpherson ( (Wiley, 2017). In essence, it is a manual to make sure a big change you might be planning succeeds. Which is not as easy as it sounds.
This book includes the usual combination of real-life stories, anecdotes and general insights on important topics like communications, purpose and values. But it is also jam-packed with real, actionable advice, supported by tools and templates that are right here in the book (check out chapter 35).
The core to this book reiterates what many successful business people know – that in order to be successful, you must have a clear vision for your business, with everyone pulling in the same direction, and clearly defined roles. Surrounding this well-proven approach, though, is a lot of little stuff that you need to get right. How do I create a culture that’s ready to embrace change, no matter how small? How do I communicate effectively, and avoid scaring people? How do I strike the right balance between putting good processes in place and giving people space to actually DO the work required?
Mcpherson answers all these questions and many more. He addresses the importance of identifying emotional triggers among your team, taking time to reflect on why you want to make the change you are planning to make, and lots of tools and templates to help you come to your own conclusions.
In today’s world, it is hard to imagine a business that is not facing a major change in one way or another. This book will come in particularly useful if:
- You are in the process of trying to implement some sort of change in your organisation
- You know you need to make some changes, but don’t know where to start
- You know you need to make some changes, but are scared you will ‘rock the boat’ when things are going relatively well.
If you’ve read this book, we’d love to know what you thought.