The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive
November 2011, Jossey-Bass
Successful organizations adjust quickly and intelligently to shifts in consumer tastes, political climate, and economic opportunity. How do they do it? The Six Secrets of Change explores essential lessons for business and public sector leaders for thriving in today's complex environment. Fullan draws on his acclaimed work in bringing about large-scale and substantial change in education reform in both public school systems and universities, as well as engaging in major change initiatives internationally. This book is filled with lessons that are insightful, actionable, and concisely communicable.
"Fullan has an uncanny ability to produce what is needed at the time it is needed. The six secrets are based in theory, grounded in practice, powerful in their relationship to each other, and described in ways that enable deep understanding. It is a refreshing change from the surface lists of leadership and change ideas that all too often permeate education and business literature." —Vicki Phillips, director of education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Includes so-called leadership "secrets" that are decoded to be accessible and useful
- Offers illustrative examples from a variety of businesses, health organizations, and public education systems
- Lays out the six factors to organizational success: collegiality, long-range plans allow for the unknown, nurture employees, learning, leadership at all levels, and positive pressure must be inescapable
- Michael Fullan is the author of the acclaimed best-seller Leading in a Culture of Change
Fullan convinces us that a leader who attends to all six key factors will have an organization that is constantly learning, growing, and thriving.
About the Author xiii
Introduction: Have Theory, Will Travel 1
Secret One: Love Your Employees 19
Secret Two: Connect Peers with Purpose 39
Secret Three: Capacity Building Prevails 55
Secret Four: Learning Is the Work 73
Secret Five: Transparency Rules 91
Secret Six: Systems Learn 105
Conclusion: Keeping the Secrets 123
Based on his experience with organizations and governments around the world, Fullan shows how the best leaders adapt to constant change by creating conditions for collegiality, flexibility, and innovation.
Respected consultant and author Michael Fullan argues that organizational success is deeply rooted in a leader's ability to cultivate an environment of perpetual learning and growth.
Written in Fullan's typically accessible and succinct style, with examples from both business and education.