New to Change Management? (Part 2 - A starter reading list )

The Effective Change Manager's Handbook: Essential Guidance to the Change Management Body of Knowledge

Nov 28, 2014

by APMG and Richard Smith

An overview of all of the essential knowledge areas that every change manager should master - based on the Change Management Body of Knowledge

Better Change: Best Practices for Transforming Your Organization

Jul 1, 1994

by Price Waterhouse Change Integration Team

An oldie by the Price Waterhouse Change Integration team, dating back to 1994. Still one of the best change management introductory texts.

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

Nov 6, 2012

by John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen

It's all too easy to get caught up in logic and a cognitive mode of persuasion ("if I can just convince them that this way makes better sense"). Kotter establishes a key principle - we need to engage with stakeholders at the "feeling" level if we really want them to embrace change.

ADKAR: A Model for Change in Business, Government and our Community

Aug 1, 2006

by Jeffrey M. Hiatt

The Prosci approach is probably the most well-known globally. It definitely is the most comprehensively documented, marketed and supported change management approach currently available. Therefore, once you have your head around the fundamentals covered in the first two books, you need to get up to speed with this.

Leading Change

Jan 15, 1996

by John P. Kotter

Successful organisational change in organisations needs effective change leadership like plants need soil, water and sunlight. Kotter provides an 8-stage process for change leadership - and a key point of reference for change facilitators. Kotter will also take you a bit further afield with this book - the previous three books largely address the "planned change" domain. In "Leading Change", Kotter also accommodates more emergent forms of organisational change (where stakeholders may not know at the outset where they will end up, but believe that they can't stay where they are now).

The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today's Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems

Jan 4, 2007

by Peggy Holman and Tom Devane

To further reinforce a very critical counterpoint to the planned change paradigm central to the first 3 books ("Leading Change" already hints at some elements of this) - the most compelling and sustainable change results from collaborative engagement - people support and defend (and feel passionate about) that which they helped to create. Here is the world's biggest and most authoritative reference work covering the best current methods for achieving that.