Change Management

Our recommendations for books on change management and dealing with the culture of organizations.


Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down by John Kotter is a very fast read with a focus on taking your good ideas public.  In short: show respect for everyone, and ask the people who don’t like your idea to join in the conversation.

P3CG Recommendation: This isn’t the first book on change management or buy-in that you will read, but it is a great addition to your repertoire of skills and techniques when it comes to making your ideas public.


Great Boss Dead Boss

The strangely-titled Great Boss Dead Boss by Ray Immelman is an interesting read on the topic of organizations and the tribes that bind people together. The ideas are built in a business novel format where the “boss” in question has to learn how to lead his organization before it goes up in smoke.

P3CG recommendation: We recommend for anyone who wants new ways to think about leading organizations.


The Heart of Change

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John Kotter is a great follow-on to his original Leading Change.  As is obvious from the title, this book has a set of stories for each of the steps of Kotter’s recommended 8-step change process.  He makes it very clear that leading change is all about creating behavior change.

P3CG recommendation: We recommend this as a follow-on to Leading Change or as a standalone book to inspire change.


Leading Change

Leading Change by John Kotter is an excellent resource that describes an eight-step change management process with a focus on creating new behaviors.

P3CG recommendation: We recommend this book and Kotter’s work in general because it aligns very closely with the methods we use in our implementations.



Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath is a great framework for thinking about change management.  The essential framework is that effective change needs to appeal to emotion, logic, and habit.  The authors use the metaphor of an elephant, its rider, and the path to connect to these elements.  The book is also loaded with examples that demonstrate their points – some of which may be familiar to people who have read their other work.

P3CG recommendation: We recommend this book as a excellent way to think about change and creating change in your organization.