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Soliciting the Pre-Mortem and Riding the Change Curve: Coaching Tools, Strategies and Concepts for Effective Planning

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Conclusions

The muscles of a skillful change effort must be complemented by the eyes, ears and mind of careful planning and evaluation—by thoughtful pre-mortems, post-mortems (and mid-stream mortems). Otherwise, the change effort becomes a sightless and mindless force that unintentionally destroys people and organizations. Frankenstein monsters are often created by those well-meaning agents of change and optimists who are insensitive to change curves and their implications. _____________________

References

Argyris, Chris & Donald Schön (1978) Organizational Learning: A Theory of Action Perspective. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Johansson, Frans (2004) The Medici Effect. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Kahneman, Daniel (2011) Thinking, Fast and Slow.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Page, Scott (2011) Diversity and Complexity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Scharmer, C. Otto (2009) Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges. San Francisco: Berrett-Kohler.

Senge, Peter (1990) The Fifth Discipline. New York: Doubleday.

Taleb, Nassim (2010) The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. New York: Random House.

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