If you're wondering how to introduce change in your team, company, church, or other organization and don't want to wade through a long, boring book, try this one. It's written in the style of a whodunit, and it took me just a couple hours to read.
It's pretty funny too. You'll follow Agent Mike McNally as he tries to solve the murder of a guy named Change at a company called ACME. The suspects include Carolina Culture, Aidan Accountability, Peter Performance Management, Perry Plan, and my personal favorite - Bailey Budget.
It's entertaining, but there's a lot of wisdom here. At the end of the book is a concise summary of what a leader needs to do to lead change. A couple of my biggest takeaways:
- Create dialogue, not one-way communication, with those being asked to change. Find out their concerns, hear their questions, consider their ideas.
- Include lots of people in the planning process. Include those who might be resistant to change.
- Spend money on infrastructure before implementing change.
- Help people see what is wrong with the status quo. "Frame the change in terms of a cause that is motivating."
- Know the culture in which you're trying to introduce change. Identify things in the culture of the church or organization that could inhibit change.