Fearless Change: Summary & Analysis

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  • 0:04 Myths and Misconceptions
  • 0:56 The Evangelist For Change
  • 1:21 The Champion Skeptic
  • 1:48 The Early Adopter
  • 2:17 Just Enough & Wake-Uo Call
  • 3:13 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Scott Tuning

Scott has been a faculty member in higher education for over 10 years. He holds an MBA in Management, an MA in counseling, and an M.Div. in Academic Biblical Studies.

The book 'Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas' is an excellent guide for leaders dedicated to bringing about transformational change. This is a summary of this helpful book by Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising.

Myths and Misconceptions

In their book Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, authors Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising offer their insight into transformational change in organizations. The early pages of the book discuss the paradox of wanting major change with minor action. The book emphasizes the common leadership pitfall of recognizing the need for change and being willing to make change, but not being able to execute a change that is significant enough to actually bring about transformation. In this topic, they encourage transformational leaders to reject the myth that major transformation can be realized without major process and paradigm changes.

The book then provides 48 extremely practical applications of organizational change, both people- and process-focused. These are described as patterns or strategies and are short, simple ways to achieve transformation and change.

The Evangelist for Change

In Fearless Change, the authors use an interesting term for what some might call selling the change. They have a strategy called the Evangelist, a business leader who is passionate in their beliefs about the necessary changes as well as the particular manner or method of change. The authors use the term ''evangelize'' because they suggest that advocating change in an organization is a lot like spreading a religious message.

The authors of Fearless Change use the metaphor of an evangelist for change to characterize the need for leaders to be entirely sold-out to transformative thoughts and actions.

The Champion Skeptic

When the change evangelist is successful in ''converting'' a die-hard doubter, the evangelist has succeeded in using the pattern of the Champion Skeptic. This change strategy centers on the idea that if a notoriously skeptical personality adopts or accepts a change, others are likely to do so as well. The authors propose something along the lines of, ''Well, Jim thinks it's ok - and Jim hates everything. If he's on board, it must be a really great idea.''

The Early Adopter

Perhaps one of the most important change patterns in the business context is the Early Adopter strategy. They are the individuals whose belief in the idea makes them eager to get on board in the earliest stages. To see the value of this strategy in action, you might not have to go any farther than your IT department. Early adopters are often great friends of technology, and since technology is an ever-increasingly important part of the workplace, many early adopters can't wait to get their hands on the next best thing.

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