Who Killed Change?

Emma De Vita reviews Ken Blanchard's allegorical whodunnit for managers

Change is something we are told to embrace, not fear. But as soon as the boss says "there are going to be a few changes around here", who can help but fret? For years, managerial gurus have been coming up with ways to help organisations accept the inevitable.

Author Ken Blanchard presents his advice as a whodunnit. And so we have Who Killed Change?, a story that speaks to your inner Inspector Poirot. It's agent McNally's job to uncover who killed Mr Change. Along the way, he interviews such suspects as Carolina Culture, Victoria Vision and Bailey Budget.

It soon becomes apparent that all 13 suspects have been complicit in Change's murder. If only Culture had understood the real values of the organisation rather than the ones she professed; and although old Ernest Urgency tried to get people to accept Change, he never convinced them that the status quo was no longer viable.

And the moral of the story? "Change can be successful only when the usual characters in an organisation combine their unique talents and consistently involve others in initiating, implementing and sustaining change."

No doubt Agatha Christie is turning in her grave.

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