Immunity to Change : How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization, Hardback Book

Immunity to Change : How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization Hardback

Part of the Leadership for the Common Good series

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A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don't change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully.

Desire and motivation aren't enough: even when it's literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive. Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organizations? In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs--along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations--combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change.

By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us. This persuasive and practical book, filled with hands-on diagnostics and compelling case studies, delivers the tools you need to overcome the forces of inertia and transform your life and your work.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368 pages, black & white tables, figures
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
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  • Category: Management & management techniques
  • ISBN: 9781422117361

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Kegan and Lahey wrote a brilliant and concise Harvard Business Review Article called "The Reeal Reason People Won't Change", (2001) in which they descuss the idea of "competing commitments" which are the true underlying motivators which cause us to act in ways that seem to go against our interests. In "Immunity to Change" the authors elaborate on their theory, and provide extensive worksheets and examples for getting to the root cause of personal and organizational impasse. Kegan and Lahey's work is thought-provoking and well worth the read. It's a little lengthy, however; so reach for the article for the executive summary if you don't have time for the deep dive.

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