[how to Change Things When Change Is Hard]

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Offers insight into the difficult nature of lasting change, presenting metaphorical illustrations of the conflict between the instinctual and the intellectual areas of the brain while sharing case stories of successful individuals and organizations.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2010
ISBN: 9780739376966
Branch Call Number: CD 158.1 HEA NVD
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 11, 2014

I. Direct the Rider:
- Find the bright spots
- Script the critical moves
- Point to the destination

II. Motivate the Elephant:
- Find the feeling
- Shrink the Change
- Grow your people

III. Shape the Path:
- Tweak the environment
- Build habits
- Rally the herd

JCLChrisK Jun 07, 2014

I find the human creature a fascinating one to study, and when I take a break from children's and teen books I often seem to be drawn to titles reporting some of the latest research on human natures at the intersection of psychology, sociology, biology, and the like. Each time, I feel I glean (at least) a little more insight into myself and those around me. Yet, generally those books have the primary purpose of reporting results and discoveries, then have room for only a cursory consideration of what to do with that knowledge; I sometimes find myself in the same spot, delighted by the new things I know, yet wondering how to go about applying those things to my life.

This is the second book I've read by the Heath brothers--the other being their more recent title Decisive --and it seems to me that's where they come in. They study the research in a given area, then excellently boil it down to a core essence that can be easily communicated, digested, and used. Instead of spending their time explaining the research, they show how it can be (has been) applied in situation after situation. These examples serve the purpose of explaining the research in real world contexts, but, more importantly, they teach readers how they can make use of the information for themselves. It's not abstract knowledge, but applied. While they risk being over simplistic with their approach for some situations, I expect I'll find their framework highly helpful in the future whether I want to consider changes in my personal life, work life, or other.

Jan 09, 2012

This is a great book on making changes in your life. There is no focus on the psychological aspect of things as the book puts it are "true but usless". The book discusses how to change yourself, how to assist and help others to change and even how to get people to change even when they really have no desire for change. The website offers a good PDF summary as well as a few podcasts (you must sign up to download them though). I am looking forward to implementing the ideas to make changes in my life more successful.

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