Leap in the Dark, book, cover, Toby Elwin, blog

A Leap in the Dark by the book

Toby Elwin, A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic by Jon Ferling

Any talk about change management must start with stakeholder alignment.

Quick on any change-rule heels is risk identification.

History provides truly great examples of change challenges and few resonate greater in my mind than The American Revolution.

The players: 13 colonies and their self-interests as well as the class war within each colony; France, Spain, Great Britain; Native American Indians; commerce; and government as a few dynamics. When you think your enterprise has politics, reflect on some of the larger historical pivot points and the politics, people politics, involved.

First rule of change: creating a compelling future-state. Well, the birth of the American Republic blows that change management keystone theory for a loop.

I am 50% into this book and reread chapters with a change management hat on to try to keep track of the players [positive/negative stakeholders], key nuances to communication that many of today’s change folks can learn a lot from, and the constant tending that change needs just to take root.

Read More Books

See a more current set of books on my reading list heavy rotation page.

Subscribe to Email Posts and Join 520 New Friends
I believe in your privacy and will never sell or spam your email.

Share this Post

Add your thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.