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Change the World: How Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things Hardcover – Illustrated, March 31 2000

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Robert Quinn's Change the World offers profound yet practical guidance for those who truly want to improve their surroundings. Quinn, a University of Michigan professor and author of five books on change and organizational performance, bases Changeon eight "seed thoughts" drawn from the philosophies of Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. After relevant quotations from each, he cites contemporary real-life examples to show how these principles--Envision the Productive Community, First Look Within, Embrace the Hypocritical Self, Transcend Fear, Embody a Vision of the Common Good, Disturb the System, Surrender to the Emergent Process, and Entice Through Moral Power--can really be used. "All our lives we have been explicitly and implicitly taught to see human influence as an exercise in domination," Quinn writes. By learning instead to practice a new type of "transformational behavior," he suggests, even "ordinary people" can have "extraordinary impact." The section on asserting moral authority, for example, segues from his own fifth-grade coaching experiences to those of basketball superstar Larry Bird to details on building a bond between "change agents and change targets" that effects desirable modifications. Recommended for anyone open to new ideas on motivation and stimulating change. --Howard Rothman

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A University of Michigan professor and author (Deep Change, among others) has the audacity to state that previous strategies for change are ineffective, positing a fourth--called ACT, or Advanced Change Theory--that includes and transcends the rest. It is hard to argue with someone who, through a combination of dense psychotherapeutic text and lively examples, debates his own theory and its eight steps. In fact, Quinn starts with a holy triumvirate of heroes who, in themselves, are difficult to naysay--Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King--and then are quoted at the beginning of each chapter. Yet, despite few graphics and Germanic sentences, his message is clear: to become a change agent, you must first change yourself and then immerse yourself in the common good, disturb the system, and "set the truth free." Not intended as a popular read but rather as a provocative challenge to nonleaders and leaders alike. Barbara Jacobs
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (March 31 2000)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0787951935
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0787951931
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 512 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.24 x 22.86 cm
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Robert E. Quinn is chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan School of Business. He is coauthor of Becoming a Master Manager (1990).

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