Although many organizations see the need to transform and to reinvent themselves, for far too many leaders, "change" and "failure" are virtual synonyms. In fact, most organizational change efforts fail. But that needn’t be the case, and help is at hand. Leading Positive Organizational Change, an alternative way to think about organizational change and development, is a strategic, learnable discipline that can re-energize and re-imagine your enterprise, and release the potential for change – delivering a positive, creative future and breakthrough bottom-line results.
Written by an award-winning expert in positive organization development and change leadership, this book provides executives, change leaders, and change leadership teams with a step-by-step guide for collaboratively crafting and executing a change strategy that aligns with organizational objectives so as to fuel their future. With a strong science-backed and field-tested "how to" approach, and with a radical focus on organizational positivity, super-flexibility and renewal, collective design thinking and applied imagination, this highly practical book features:
- A ToolBox of 30 powerful, imaginative (and time-saving!) tools for you to use in practicing leading positive organizational change and carrying through your change program – with example templates and worksheets, concise notes and ideas from numerous complex global projects.
- Lead-ins to each chapter that are a fundamental feature of the book, representing a springboard to a chapter and serving the purpose of awakening interest in the topic.
- Dialogic Reflection for Professional Team Development, at the start of each chapter, that enables you (and your team as a whole) to reflect on and discuss some thought-provoking questions, linking to the chapter and helping to contextualize your learning.
- Industry Snapshots that explore current issues and trends in one of the fastest-growing professions and industries – coaching and consulting.
- Windows on Practice that demonstrate how issues are applied in real-life business situations, offering a range of interesting topical illustrations of positive change leadership in practice, relating the core concepts of the book to real-world settings.
- Summary Propositions, at the end of each chapter, that recap and reinforce the key takeaways from the chapter.
- References to help you take your learning and development further.
Tkaczyk’s engaging, reflective, task-based book equips the change leader and leadership teams with the skills needed to navigate chaos and the unexpected, to renew your business and create winning change. This action-based workbook can be used in a variety of business settings, among others, executive leadership team meetings, organization development and change consulting, design-led strategy retreats, human resource development consultancy, executive 1:1 and team coaching, leadership boot camps, design thinking workshops and sprints, innovation labs, and executive education and MBA courses – as a handy additional text in either an organization development and change or human resource management class. It can also be used in a flexible strategic transformation program – with the flow of the change execution process mapped within the context of a specific change initiative.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Understanding the Practice of Leading Positive Organizational Change 1. An Alternative Strategy for Leading Positive Organizational Change: Energize, Redesign, and Gel (ERG) 2. Team Coaching for Positive Organizational Change: Building and Sustaining High-Quality Teams via ERG 3. ERG Strategizing: A Professional Approach to Positive Human Resource and Organization Development Consulting Part II: Tools and Templates for the Practice of Leading Positive Organizational Change 4. ToolBox Contents 5. The Energize WorkBox: 10 Tools 6. The Redesign WorkBox: 10 Tools 7. The Gel WorkBox: 10 Tools 8. An Open Invitation: Let’s Engage
Bart Tkaczyk, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Managing Member with Energizers, LLC, an award-winning American strategic transformation consulting firm, is a trusted strategy advisor to major corporations and governments worldwide, a professional executive coach and executive educator, and a sought-after speaker. Visit www.drtkaczyk.com Email [email protected] Follow www.twitter.com/DrBTkaczykMBA.
"Extreme weather events, oil spills, bank failures, massive tech shifts, cyber attacks and terrorist attacks, civil unrest, epidemics and pandemics, asset bubbles, fiscal crises, and energy price shocks. Organizations are operating in increasingly complex and turbulent worlds that require them to navigate chaos and the dynamics of change. Leveraging positive organizational energy, collective design thinking and strategic super-flexibility, Tkaczyk provides an alternative paradigm for organizational change and development. Energize-Redesign-Gel (ERG), human-centered and business-focused, is a powerful design-inspired strategy for re-imagining your business and leading positive organizational change. Filled with ready-to-use worksheets, tools and templates (You’ll save hours of time!), it’s ideal for executive and change leadership teams. A brilliant sourcebook!" – MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author
"Organizations with deep learning cultures are shown to be more competitive and successful in the marketplace. What’s great about Bart’s work is that he recognizes the role that learning and development can play in affecting positive change in people and companies. In Leading Positive Organizational Change, Bart introduces a new framework that involves a cycle of positive action and strategic learning that leads to sustained and effective change. And then he takes the framework and offers imminently practical and easy-to-use resources that can help any team create successful change efforts. This book will help many organizations emerge from the challenging times of today better than they were before." – TONY BINGHAM, President and CEO, Association for Talent Development (ATD)
"Like no other scholar, Bart Tkaczyk knows in his writings to touch the head, the heart and the hands! With Leading Positive Organizational Change, he not only offers a conceptual model in 3 chapters that most OD practitioners will recognize and will help them in their daily practice to understand what change processes evoke in their organization. On top of that the book provides the reader with a Toolbox of 30 tools to apply the model in their own jobs! Tkaczyk's book is a ‘must read’ and even more so a ‘must use’ book for anyone who is involved with leading change in their organization!" – PROFESSOR DIRK BUYENS, Professor of Human Resources and Partner of Vlerick Business School. Professor Buyens is also Head of the HR Centre and Director of the Open Executive Education Programs at Vlerick Business School
"The model and practices in this book represent, perhaps better than any other resource today, the effective blending of sound theory and relevant practice on the topic of change leadership. The literature on this topic abounds with approaches taken from a dizzying array of perspectives, often based on limited practice and devoid of any deeper understandings. In the end, the anchor of good practice often comes from seeking out enduring principles and finding ways to make them useful. From this perspective, Tkaczyk’s work continues to demonstrate the important contributions of the informed scholar-practitioner in the management and human resources fields. Certainly, the book will impact the actions of global managers seeking to lead the change process in organizations in more predictable and reliable ways." – PROFESSOR RONALD L. JACOBS, Professor, Human Resource Development (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Principal (RL Jacobs & Associates), former President of Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)
"Dr. Bart Tkaczyk continues to deliver yet another typically pragmatic message dealing with effective organizational development, based on sound academic foundations involving strategic management approaches coupled with positive leadership. What distinguishes this new offering, compared to writings by others employing similar managerial catchwords, is his ability to inject a dramatic input of practicality into the mode of delivering procedures for change that are original, workable, understandable and effective by means of a ‘Toolbox Modality’. On this you have my word!" – PROFESSOR PHILIP NECK, Schools of Business, Law and Economics (Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus, Australia), Former Head of Entrepreneurship and Management Development (the United Nations International Labour Organization HQ, Geneva, Switzerland)
"The book by Dr. Bart Tkaczyk advances our understanding of the process of instigating and sustaining a positive organizational change. It elucidates the underlying factors and dynamics that yet are rather underexplored and thus brings about unique added value for both scholars and practitioners." – PROFESSOR SHLOMO TARBA, Chair in Strategy and International Business, Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham, UK, Deputy Editor-In-Chief of British Journal of Management, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), Financial Times (FT) Press author
"Too many books in this market are more theoretical, but the toolbox makes this one really good for someone wanting help in actually doing OD… A short book with good tools that could be used as a practical additional text in either an OD or HRM class." – PROFESSOR PATRICK M. WRIGHT, Thomas C. Vandiver Bicentennial Chair in Business, Director of the Center for Executive Succession, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
"This is a refreshing new angle on a topic that requires almost by definition energy and genuine enthusiasm. Dr. Bart Tkaczyk writes with feeling and an almost religious zeal but the material is all the more welcome for it. There are great insights here. Very definitely highly recommended!" – PROFESSOR MOORAD CHOUDHRY, Former CEO of Habib Bank AG Zurich, Head of Treasury at Royal Bank of Scotland, Head of Treasury at Europe Arab Bank, Head of Treasury at KBC, Vice President at JPMorgan Chase Bank
"In his change consulting and coaching, Dr. Bart Tkaczyk combines a positive, practical, strengths-based approach with his extensive international experience and perspective, and his impressive and ongoing academic achievements. The results are excellent. At our company, we practice what Dr. Tkaczyk evangelizes." – ALEXANDER HEHMEYER, BA (Yale University), JD (University of California at Berkeley Law), Chairman of the Board, Advisor, and CFO at Rootstock Software
"Dr. Bart Tkaczyk lives and breathes positive Organization Development (OD). He's like a walking reference guide as well as an experienced practitioner and his eclectic mix of international work brings a uniquely different perspective. Throw out the old organizational change playbook–learn how to lead positive organizational change in a rigorous and creative way–the ERG way!" – DR. CRAIG FERGUSSON, Chartered MCIPD, Former Associate Director, HR at Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an investor initiative in partnership with the United Nations Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the United Nations Global Compact
"ERG is well worth using." – PRINCE MICHAEL VON LIECHTENSTEIN
"As Professor of Leadership Communications at the Haas School of Business–I cannot speak highly enough of the ERG model created by Dr. Bart Tkaczyk. As a fellow Fulbright Scholar, I know for a fact that Dr. Tkaczyk has combined elements of positive leadership, organizational culture, organization development and executive coaching to provide corporations, organizations, and individuals with a methodology that enables them to achieve positive organizational change. Any client will find Dr. Tkaczyk’s approach unique and customized to fit their needs. Clients can look forward to a personalized relationship with him and his team enabling them to realize their bold goals and winning aspirations." – PROFESSOR MARK RITTENBERG, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
"Dr. Bart Tkaczyk is passionate about leadership and implementing change in a positive and impactful manner. If I could summarize him in three words it would be – energetic problem-solver." – DEANNA ROCKEFELLER, MBA, Global Technology and Workforce Development Partnerships, Lockheed Martin
"The book follows Drucker famous statement: plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. With a workbook included it not only provides the theory but concrete guidance for action. In turbulent times we need to see innovation in the practice of management – to which this book contributes." – DR. RICHARD STRAUB, MBA, Founder & President, Global Peter Drucker Forum
"Leading Positive Organizational Change provides an innovative framework with an immensely helpful set of practical tools for navigating organizational change through radically changing times. The ERG approach synthesizes and builds on the latest research in positive organizational scholarship (POS), addressing a crucial need in this time of turbulence and unrest. It's an energizing book and an invaluable asset for leaders and teams across a wide range of organizations." – PROFESSOR BRANDON VAIDYANATHAN, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the Catholic University of America, Distinguished Fellow of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship in the Busch School of Business
"As the cliché goes ‘Change is the only constant’. If your organization is experiencing change by design or due to global turmoil, this book is a great guide to tide over the changes. It will help any organization go through a framework model to negotiate the change and bring about a positive outlook both in the organizations and its individuals. The book brings in a new way of thinking and applying this critical thinking in practice." – CHERIAN VARGHESE, MBA, Regional Managing Director & VP of ASEAN & South Asian Growing Economies (SAGE) at Oracle
"A concise book packed with both theoretical and practical insights, Leading Positive Organizational Change couldn’t have been a more timely resource for leaders and companies in such turbulent times as these. Tkaczyk offers a reflective yet empirically-relevant discourse about the way organizations could be (re)energized to shift from status quo to significance through an explorative, developmental, and interventional approach to change. If you are looking for a proven model of change that drives positive results in current, complex times, this book is the secret sauce. It will definitely change the way you view change. The impact is one of positive deviance – mindset, behavioral, and organizational change!" – DR. ROLAND K. YEO, Strategic HR Advisor, Saudi Aramco, Stanford University Press author
"Ingenious, carefully researched, and impressively detailed; both a hands-on workbook and a leadership guide." - Kirkus Reviews