Leading in a Culture of Change

"At the very time the need for effective leadership is reaching critical proportions, Michael Fullan's Leading in a Culture of Change provides powerful insights for moving forward. We look forward to sharing it with our grantees." --Tom Vander Ark, executive director, Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation "Fullan articulates clearly the core values and practices of leadership required at all levels of the organization. Using specific examples, he convinces us that the key change principles are equally critical for leadership in business and education organizations." --John Evans, chairman, Torstar Corporation "In Leading in a Culture of Change, Michael Fullan deftly combines his expertise in school reform with the latest insights in organizational change and leadership. The result is a compelling and insightful exposition on how leaders in any setting can bring about lasting, positive, systemic change in their organizations." --John Alexander, president, Center for Creative Leadership "Michael Fullan's work is remarkable. He masterfully captures how leaders can significantly improve their learning and performance, even in the uncontrollable, chaotic circumstances in which they practice. A tour de force." --Anthony Alvarado, chancellor of instruction, San Diego City Schools "Too often schools and businesses are seen as separate and foreign places. Michael Fullan blends the best of knowledge from each into an exemplary template for improving leadership in both." --Terrence E. Deal, coauthor of Leading with Soul Business, nonprofit, and public sector leaders are facing new and daunting challenges--rapid-paced developments in technology, sudden shifts in the marketplace, and crisis and contention in the public arena. If they are to survive in this chaotic environment, leaders must develop the skills they need to lead effectively no matter how fast the world around them is changing. Leading in a Culture of Change offers new and seasoned leaders' insights into the dynamics of change and presents a unique and imaginative approach for navigating the intricacies of the change process. Michael Fullan--an internationally acclaimed expert in organizational change--shows how leaders in all types of organizations can accomplish their goals and become exceptional leaders. He draws on the most current ideas and theories on the topic of effective leadership, incorporates case examples of large scale transformation, and reveals a remarkable convergence of powerful themes or, as he calls them, the five core competencies. By integrating the five core competencies--attending to a broader moral purpose, keeping on top of the change process, cultivating relationships, sharing knowledge, and setting a vision and context for creating coherence in organizations--leaders will be empowered to deal with complex change. They will be transformed into exceptional leaders who consistently mobilize their compatriots to do important and difficult work under conditions of constant change.

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By John (Colwyn Bay, X8, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · April 01, 2014
Insightful book. As another reviewer has said, the later books are more accessible. A great author at a great time helping school leaders. Recommended. ...more
By Hannahdanielhotmail.com (Central District, 00, Hong Kong) · ★★★★☆ · August 29, 2014
A classic in the field of educational change. ...more
By Guida (Menorca, 60, Spain) · ★★★★☆ · December 29, 2012
Quan vivim moments de canvi tan ràpid i impredecible com lactual necessitam persones que sapin quan actuar lentament i quan fer-ho ràpidament. No líders carismàtics ni individus extraordinaris sinó persones que sàpin mobilitzar moltes persones, tenir una visió ètica (compromís intern) i avaluar a... ...more
By Ed (The United States) · ★★★★★ · May 20, 2007
This is an informative read for administrators seeking to bring change to their schools. It is an easy read that describes the change process and how to deal with the fact that change cannot be forced. There is also a workbook available that is worth the price if you are looking for ways to make... ...more
By Tricia (Flagstaff, AZ) · ★★★☆☆ · August 17, 2009
Even though this book was written only a few years ago, it felt older. As an educator, I didn't learn very much that was new since whole brain thinking is already embraced throughout the school districts with which I work. I did like the exercises and references and plan to explore many of these.... ...more
By Angie (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · July 05, 2010
Just started...seems like a quick read that covers much of what has been covered in leadership literature already by people like Senge, Collins, and Argyis. Not a bad thing...these themes that keep emerging just make the literature more solid in my brain. More on it later. ...more
By Greg (Rochester, MI) · ★★★☆☆ · May 06, 2008
Fullan offers insight and practical directions on how to be a leader in the midst of an every changing culture. Helped me understand what leadership is when it seems I am working in an ever changing environment. ...more
By Stephanie (Ambler, PA) · ★★★★☆ · August 12, 2010
I was constantly thinking of connections, examples and to-try items while reading this. If I hadn't borrowed it, I think the margins would be full of notes and thoughts. ...more
By Len (Oswego, IL) · ★★★★★ · August 29, 2008
Michael Fullan is an expert on the process of change. This book is simple to understand and puts the change process into perspective for those involved in business or education. ...more
By Dave (Moline, IL) · ★★★★☆ · June 08, 2012
I read this one out of sequence, and it contains more technical info. and jargon terms that some of the later in the series, but outstanding stuff by the best. ...more