Book review: Change

Emma De Vita reviews the book by Richard Gerver

Change, by Richard Gerver
Change, by Richard Gerver

It is not often that a head teacher writes a self-help book, but Richard Gerver is not an ordinary head teacher.

He transformed the failing Grange Primary in Derbyshire into one of Britain's most celebrated schools, an achievement that led to him being named 'head teacher of the year' in 2005. He is now a popular speaker whose clients include Google and Microsoft, and his favourite topic is change.

"Fear of change is so often the result of imagined consequences," he writes.

He argues that the secret is to think back to the beginning of your life.

We are born with an instinctive ability to embrace and deal with change: learning to walk and talk, for example. But as we grow up, we lose this sense of awe and wonder and become fearful of change we can't control. If we can recapture our open-mindedness and curiosity, he says, we will love and even lead change.

This book is full of inspiration and practical advice for any manager who feels uncomfortable with an ever-shifting business world.

Gerver counsels: "Never stop exploring, challenging, hypothesising, experimenting and learning."

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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