Change is constant, especially in health care. Physicians, as leaders, must help their teams overcome opposition to change, as well as assist in the often difficult transition period that shadows a change project. This page provides resources to build the knowledge and skills needed to champion and orchestrate change, and also to lead people through the complex internal process of transition.
Change and Transition Videos
Books at the Health Sciences Library
- Leading Change by John P. Kotter (2012). John Kotter's eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.
- Switch : how to change things when change is hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath (2010). Chip and Dan Heath talk about how difficult change is in our companies, our careers, and our lives, why change is so hard, and how we can overcome our resistance and make change happen.
- A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter (2008). In this exciting new book, Kotter explains: How to go beyond "the business case" for change to overcome the fear and anger that can suppress urgency; Ways to ensure that your actions and behaviors - not just your words - communicate the need for change; How to keep fanning the flames of urgency even after your transformation effort has scored some early successes.
- Finding our way : leadership for an uncertain time by Margaret J. Wheatley (2007). This collection of practical, hard-hitting articles draws on Margaret Wheatley's work around the world and applies the revolutionary ideas in her books Leadership and the New Science, A Simpler Way and Turning to One Another. The articles support the practices of people and leaders in many different types of organizations, communities and cultures, with topics ranging from leadership to parenting to specific organizational techniques.
- Influencer by Kerry Patterson; Joseph Grenny; David Maxfield; Ron McMillan; Al Switzler (2007). The authors have made 50 years of social science research accessible to the general reader, and go one step further by codifying exactly what is required to be an influencer in every situation.
- ADKAR by Jeff Hiatt (2006). Why do some changes fail while others succeed? How can you make sense of the many tools and approaches for managing change? How can you lead change successfully, both in your personal life and professional career? After more than 14 years of research with corporate change, the ADKAR model has emerged as a holistic approach that brings together the collection of change management work into a simple, results oriented model.
- Our Iceberg Is Melting by Holger Rathgeber; Spencer Johnson (Foreword by); Peter R. Mueller (Illustrator); John P. Kotter; Peter Mueller (Illustrator); John Kotter (2005). This delightfully told fable illuminates in an unforgettable way how to manage the necessary change that surrounds us all. Simple explanatory material following the fable enhances the lasting value of these lessons.
- The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter; Dan S. Cohen (2002). This volume aims to help the reader gain a full understanding of the positive and negative effects of continuous organizational change, and also provides concrete ways to deal with change and turn it into advantage.
- Leading Physicians Through Change by Jack Silversin; Mary Jane Kornacki (2000). This change management framework is built on theories from social science research and nearly 30 years of consulting to physician organizations around issues of leadership, culture, change implementation, and organizational performance.
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (1990). Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.