Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on.
For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can't people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?
Based upon the latest research in a number of psychological and medical fields, the authors of Change Anything will show that traditional will-power is not necessarily the answer to these strivings, that people are affected in their behaviors by far more subtle influences. Change Anything shows how individuals can come to understand these powerful and influential forces, and how to put these forces to work in a positive manner that brings real and meaningful results.
The authors present an array of everyday examples that will change and truly empower you to reexamine the way you go about your business and life.
|Listening Length||6 hours and 32 minutes|
|Author||Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 11 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #74,631 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,931 in Small Business & Entrepreneurship
#2,353 in Motivational
#2,379 in Motivational Management (Books)
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In this, their latest collaboration, they develop in much greater depth six concepts of influence that operate in pairs within three separate but interdependent domains: personal motivation and personal mobility, social motivation and social ability, and structural motivation and structural ability. As I read Part I in which the six influences are introduced, I thought about the life and career of Mohandas Gandhi who achieved specific goals in all three domains: his own development as a leader, creating a critical mass of support for the non-violent campaign to achieve independence for India, and the structural transformation of the British Commonwealth.
The co-authors rigorously examine each of the six influences in Part II and explain how to
o Disarm impulses and make the right choices pleasurable
o Obtain the knowledge and develop the skills needed to be a change agent
o Turn negative "accomplices" (i.e. enablers of negativism) into positive co-creators
o Devise incentives/rewards/punishments to increase desirable behavior
o Create an environment within which to nourish and support positive change
Then in Part III, the co-authors explain how those who have become "Skillful Changers" can get unstuck at work, lose weight and get fit (and stay that way), get (and remain) out of debt, "take back" their lives, and improve their relationships with others by making necessary changes in themselves.
To those who have not as yet read this book, here's my take:
1. To paraphrase Henry Ford, "Whether you think this book can or can't help you to make the changes that you want to make in your life, you're probably right."
2. The "new science of personal success" offers order and structure to plan and execute change initiative but it does not - because it cannot - provide an express lane to your personal growth and professional development. How determined are you to develop the skills needed?
3. Willpower is not enough, however. It is imperative to recognize, understand, and then manage the six sources of influence on individual judgment (yours and another person's) as well as on groups of individuals.
4. With all due respect to the "new science of personal success," I think it should be said that much of what Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler recommend in this book - and in the others they're written together - is simply good (if not always common) sense. For example, cultivate positive thoughts and feelings by eliminating all sources of negativism in your life, human or otherwise.
I doubt if those who read this book will be able to change everything. However, I am certain that the knowledge they receive from Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler will prepare them well to make better decisions, to accomplish more when acting upon those decisions, and meanwhile, to become happier and healthier in all areas of their lives.
Top reviews from other countries
1) It helps you understand why changing certain habbits are hard to break
2) It helps you identify ways to still break them
3) It helps you to pick yourself up and try again when you fail
Like so many of these books, it becomes sometimes a little too easy to read, but I liked it.
Whilst I like the book I do think some areas are a little too "touchy feely" for the UK Market - Transformational conversations for example that said a nice read.