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Implementing Positive Organizational Change

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach  
Author: Gina Abudi, MBA
Publisher: J.Ross Publishing
List Price:   $54.95
Format: hard cover, 264 pages
Publication Date:   2017    
ISBN – 13: 978-1-60427-133-1
Reviewer:     Laura P Basurto, PMP
Review Date: June 2017

 



Introduction

Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach is a must-read for anyone wanting to implement a change in an organization. It provides you with everything you need to be successful: analyzing the psychology of change and the impact on employees, how to properly engage employees and the (feasible) tools and techniques to do it.

Ms Abudi provides just the right balance of practical, theoretical and real-world experiences to keep the reader engaged and empowered to implement change.

I just participated in a merger between two healthcare systems, and wish I had read this book first as it would have been very helpful during our integration process.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book has a very organized approach to teaching the reader about implementing change in an organization.

I appreciated how the Introduction gave a brief overview of all the chapters so I could anticipate what I would be learning in each one.

Overall, the flow of the book is very engaging. The author gave excellent and pertinent examples of real-life scenarios and also provided templates, checklists, etc. to aid with facilitating change, which are available online. This book is both theoretical and practical, and presented in a very balanced and methodical way.

Highlights

These key points/concepts were most interesting and helpful to me:

  • 80% of employees accept change when their influential non-leaders do.
  • Sample checklists and templates for one to employ in the workplace.
  • Management needs to manage employee concerns on change to prevent failure.
  • The stages of adapting to change (Chapter 2).
  • Importance of Lessons Learned and to continue monitoring the change.
  • When communicating change, it is imperative that the Vision be shared first and continually.
  • Change must be aligned to the culture.

Highlights: What I liked!

The entire book, but these are the highlights:

  • Like the use of the word “transformation” versus “change” as change can sometimes indicate that something is bad or wrong.
  • Advice is very practical to use and employ in the “real world”. For example, in Figure 2.4, it shows the four-step process for engaging others in change, and then in Table 2.5 it tells you how.
  • Appreciate the necessary communications to employees’ checklist in Chapter 1.
  • Developing a Stakeholder Communications Committee.
  • Don’t get complacent about change; importance of being proactive versus reactive.
  • Importance of being honest about the change to employees.   For change to be successful, the employees must be able to trust you.
  • Chapter 5 focusing on the importance and value of people, the importance of a stakeholder analysis, identifying Champions, Resisters and Indifferents, understanding the culture and generational boundaries and generating a team profile.   This all contributes to the creation of the People Change Management Plan in Chapter 7.

Who might benefit from the Book?

This is a go-to book for anyone looking to implement change in their organization. It employs practical and feasible tasks to accomplish the end goal…

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About the Reviewer


Laura Basurto, PMP

North Texas, USA

 

 


Laura Basurto
has worked in Project, Program and Product Management for the past 17 years in IT, both in the United States and internationally, namely in the telecommunications, computer and healthcare industries. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Austin College and an MBA in Telecommunications Management from the University of Dallas, Texas, USA.

Laura is PMP & LSSGB certified, and can be contacted at laura.basurto@att.net

 

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