Five Books to Drive Business Change

recommended by Daisy Reynolds

As a business leader, you face numerous challenges, often requiring innovative thinking to bring about change. If you’re struggling to think outside the box, then set aside some time to explore these five key books to ignite fresh ideas, improve flexibility, and drive significant transformations within your company.

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    Disruptive Leadership: Using fire to drive purposeful change
    by Mark Bateman

    Without constant innovation, markets become tired and stagnant. Disruption, whether labelled as such or not, is the foundation for new products, trends, businesses and ways of working. In his new book, 'Disruptive Leadership', author Mark Bateman explores how leaders can and must become the drivers of purposeful change; pioneering new ideas, finding the resources to support fresh ventures and garnering support from other people. Likening the process of disruption to that of starting a fire, in 'Disruptive Leadership' Mark unpacks what leaders need to successfully produce change. Like a fire needs heat, fuel and oxygen to survive and thrive, so do efforts to disrupt. Throughout the book, Mark explains how with the correct ‘heat’ - the purposeful energy from leaders, ‘fuel’ - the cash and talent required to make disruption a reality, and ‘oxygen’ - the market dynamics a business needs to succeed, any organisation or individual has the potential to transform their industry and society. 'Disruptive Leadership' is an essential read for any leader wishing to cement their legacy and their mark. Whether just starting out, growing or trying to protect what they have already built, the plight of disrupting ‘what is’ in the pursuit of something better can sometimes seem impossible. However, by understanding and applying the principles of fire, leaders can harness a powerful force that will enable them to achieve their goals. An expert blend of practical advice, case studies, and motivating insights, 'Disruptive Leadership' will both inspire and instruct leaders on their way to driving purposeful change.

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    Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author
    by John P. Kotter

    From the dot-com bubble burst to corporate scandals and economic downturns, we've learned that change is no longer an occasional challenge but a constant reality. In the updated edition of 'Leading Change', John Kotter's renowned eight-step process remains essential for navigating turbulent times. Needed more today than at any time in the past, this bestselling business book serves as both visionary guide and practical toolkit on how to approach the difficult yet crucial work of leading change in any type of organisation. Reading this highly personal book is like spending a day with the world’s number one expert on business leadership. You’re sure to walk away inspired and armed with the tools you need to inspire others.

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    Agile Change Management: A Practical Framework for Successful Change Planning and Implementation
    by Melanie Franklin

    The second edition of 'Agile Change Management' provides essential tools to build change manager capabilities and ensure change initiatives are embedded effectively throughout the organisation. This book is a comprehensive resource for creating a roadmap that is flexible and unique to each organisation to manage any type of change initiative. Detailing all the processes, activities and information needed, from creating the right environment for change to completing iterative tasks, it shows how to respond to different needs as they arise, reducing the potential for wasted time and resources. The updated second edition features chapters on behavioural change and decomposition in planning iterations, and new material on prototyping for business needs and virtual leadership. Whether implementing a large-scale transformation or working through projects at micro-level, 'Agile Change Management' provides tools, frameworks and examples necessary to adapt to and manage change effectively.

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    The Change Catalyst: Secrets to Successful and Sustainable Business Change
    by Campbell Macpherson

    'The Change Catalyst'provides you with the insight, tools and know-how you need to make sure your next change, strategy or M&A is the one in eight that succeeds. Whether you're trying to change a process, a culture, a behaviour or an entire business, success demands complete clarity of what you are trying to achieve and why, followed by a clear plan to align your people to deliver. All change is about people, and one of the most important ingredients for successful change is the identification and appointment of a Change Catalyst. This is the person who can guide your organisation – its people and its processes – to the ultimate delivery of the outcomes your business needs. The book takes you deep inside the culture and process of change to show you how to set yourself up for success in both the short and long term; identify your goal, clarify your vision, stay focused on the outcome and develop and deliver a do-able plan. It will also explain how to genuinely engage stakeholders at all levels in every stage of the process. Real-world case studies show you what a successful change initiative looks like on the ground, and the Change Toolbox offers a collection of proven tools and models to streamline planning and implementation. Clear, intelligent guidance cuts through the buzzwords to get down to business quickly, and a pragmatic, holistic approach helps you tackle strategy, culture, execution and more.

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    The Change Ninja Handbook: An interactive adventure for leading change
    by Dr. Tammy Watchorn & Eddie Obeng MBA PhD

    Leading change in organisations is always hard, but this original, game-based handbook will at least make it much more fun! Based on real-life case studies and reflecting the most common challenges facing any change ninja, this is a story where you get to make the decisions at each stage, and discover the impact of your choices. This interactive approach will appeal particularly to non-linear thinkers and those who learn best through action and application. It’s pragmatic, focusing on tips for getting people on board and on identifying small, doable ‘ninja moves’ that gain traction and build momentum by stealth. After lots of training in things like project management, agile change and leadership, Dr Tammy Watchorn discovered none of this really helped as the focus was always on process rather than people. By understanding how people work instead, she soon found she could deliver successful change by stealth with ninja moves.

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