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Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success (edition 2011)

by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, David Maxfield

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Title:Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success
Authors:Kerry Patterson
Other authors:Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, David Maxfield
Info:Business Plus (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Non-fiction, Self-improvement

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Ok on change structure, some good examples, but ones often mentioned in other books on change - see Heath and Heath's Switch.
  tcavanau | Apr 6, 2012 |
Surprisingly useful for a self-help book. Advises that changing involves more than just will power or force of character, but a set of skills and techniques, that if brought into play along with self awareness, will enable you to make any personal changes you require. Very much of it's genre but worth studying and working with. I'ts working for me already... ( )
  Figgles | Feb 13, 2012 |
Change Anything is about personal change management. No matter what in your life needs change: finance, weight loss, relationships, addictions -- the same set of processes can be applied to each in order to achieve lasting success. The authors drum home the message that change isn't something to bear down and gut out on ones own accord; we need the help of others: sometimes, in the form of replacing "friends" that are enabling the bad behavior we would like to change; and sometimes, by actively seeking new skills to learn what you don't know. Six different change elements are identified and applied to case studies demonstrating it's success in real world application.

The case studies are good and motivating. The change elements are not unreasonable -- one doesn't have to overcome a lot of inertia to implement them. While I haven't yet tried it yet, success certainly seems plausible given my experience with professional (and organizational) change management. The key difference is this methodology should be easy enough for anyone to grasp.

One minor complaint: the authors have an accompanying website, which they pimp way too often during the course of the book. This had the effect of coming off like an infomercial -- something I've inherently grown to distrust. ( )
  JeffV | May 14, 2011 |
One of the best books I have read on change. Their theory is that willpower for change is overrated. Then they go through a systematic way to approach change which is very uplifting. The power of this book comes from the way they made this theory so easy to understand and apply. Love that the second half of the book is detailed examples. I have found all Kerry Patterson’s books to be excellent. ( )
  GShuk | Apr 24, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446573914, Hardcover)

A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on.

For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can't people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

Based upon the latest research in a number of psychological and medical fields, the authors of Change Anything will show that traditional will-power is not necessarily the answer to these strivings, that people are affected in their behaviors by far more subtle influences. Change Anything shows how individuals can come to understand these powerful and influential forces, and how to put these forces to work in a positive manner that brings real and meaningful results.

The authors present an array of everyday examples that will change and truly empower you to reexamine the way you go about your business and life.

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Draws on the latest psychological and medical research to explain why it can be difficult to overcome self-destructive behavior patterns and discusses how to recognize the powerful influences that affect behavior and use them in a positive manner.

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