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EPIC Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age

EPIC Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age

Timothy R. Clark

ISBN: 978-1-118-03936-6

Dec 2010, Jossey-Bass

272 pages



""More than ever, leaders are expected to be the change agents of their organizations. Yet CEO turnover continues to rise and organizations continue to struggle in their efforts to confront the fearsome adaptive challenges of the global age. Epic Change is a path-breaking contribution to the study of leadership and organizational change. Based on a landmark study of 53 cases of large-scale organizational change in business, healthcare, government, education, and the non-profit sector, acclaimed thought leader and researcher, Dr. Timothy R. Clark unveils the ""Power Curve of Change"" framework and EPIC system for change management (Evaluate, Prepare, Implement, Consolidate) for leaders who are charged to lead high-stakes change initiatives in their organizations. Epic Change presents a strategic-level road map, along with tactical level tools, for the every-day needs of leaders who must respond to all types of adaptive challenge to remain competitive. It represents a comprehensive, research-based program for leaders who want to develop the indispensable competency of leading change in a permanently and profoundly different age.

Change rarely fails for lack of strategy—Clark shows that only the discretionary efforts of people can make change happen—and this requires leadership and energy management. The Epic Change approach has been successfully field-tested with leaders at all levels and in organizations around the world. This important resource provides leaders new research-based tools to increase and sustain the energy of any change effort.""

PART ONE: Overview.

1 A More Dangerous Calling.

2 The EPIC Methodology.

PART TWO: Evaluate.

3 Evaluate with Agility.

PART THREE: Prepare.

4 Prepare with Urgency.

5 Prepare with Credibility.

6 Prepare with a Coalition.

7 Prepare with Vision.

PART FOUR: Implement.

8 Implement with Early Results.

PART FIVE: Consolidate.

9 Consolidate with Sustained Results.

10 Conclusion.

Research Appendix.


About the Author.


""Timothy Clark notes that change should be welcomed, not feared. He offers practical tips in his book on how to avoid the risks associated with standing still."" (AM New York, 2/18/2008)

""Once in a while, a great book comes along that provides a unique, actionable and powerful viewpoint in business. EPIC Change is such a book. It extends the discussion for change management in new and insightful ways that we just haven't seen before."" (, 1/23/2008)

""New books on leadership seem to appear almost daily and many of them have useful insights, but EPIC Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age by Timothy Clark is one of the best I've read."" (Leadership, 1/4/2008)

""Clark delves into 'more than 50 casts of large-scale change' and isolates 'six remarkably consistent patterns' of success…. Recommended as an urgent pick!"" (The Hindu, 12/29/2007)

""This mind-bending book will be a real asset to my daily work in change…and sits on a shelf I can reach easily for reference."" (, 12/17/2007)