Leverage Change: 8 Ways to Achieve Faster, Easier, Better Results

  • 3h 19m
  • Robert W. Jake Jacobs
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2021

Organizational change doesn't have to be so difficult. Leading change expert Jake Jacobs shares eight fail-safe ways to make any change initiative at any organization easier, faster, and more effective.

In a recent Fast Company article, nine CEOs said the biggest challenges their companies face are all related to change. Change is a constant need and a constant challenge for every organization—large or small, for-profit, nonprofit, or governmental. Is there a way to make it easier?

If you're trying to lift something heavy, it helps to have a lever. In this book, Jake Jacobs provides eight levers that can transform the typical change process into something far smoother and more efficient—he calls the new process Leverage Change. Jacobs offers proven advice and real-life examples that will accelerate every step of the change process, including designing your own customized change process, figuring out where the real energy for change is in your organization, striking the right balance between explicit direction and creative collaboration, making change work as part of people's regular routines, and more. Archimedes said with the right lever, he could move the world—with Jacobs' eight levers, you can change your world.

About the Author

Robert “Jake” Jacobs is a principle in the global consulting firm, Winds of Change Group. He works with companies, communities, and countries to help them get clear, committed, connected, and achieving common goals. He has taught in Notre Dame’s Executive Education Program, the U.S. Navy’s Postgraduate Institute, Roffey Park Management Institute in England, and St. Thomas University’s masters program in organization development.

Jake has authored or co-authored six books, including Real Time Strategic Change: How to Involve an Entire Organization in Fast and Far-Reaching Change. He has also written articles for Strategy and Leadership, Executive Excellence, Leader to Leader, Strategic HR Review, and Consulting to Management.

In this Book

  • Introduction—How to Gain the Most from Leverage Change
  • Pay Attention to Continuity
  • Think and Act as If the Future Were Now!
  • Design it Yourself
  • Create a Common Database
  • Start with Impact, Follow the Energy
  • Develop a Future People Want to Call Their Own
  • Find Opportunities for People to Make a Meaningful Difference
  • Make Change Work Part of Daily Work
  • The Power and Possibilities of Leverage Change
  • Taking Leverage into Your Own Hands
  • Notes