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Number 15 on the road to 52 in 52. (Okay, I’m a little behind–but I have a couple of long flights coming up. I’m headed to Australia, and the flight is about 15 hours. I should be able to knock down two books. That’s my goal anyway.)

The book I read recently is another brain book. It’s called Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. What a book! This is another one I’d recommend specifically if you run an organization and are facing change.

Here’s a great quote:

“Change is hard because people wear themselves out. And that’s the second surprise about change: What looks like laziness is often exhaustion.”

In other words, if your organization is trying to make a lot of changes and failing, you may be pushing too hard and the agents of change are simply tired. You may need to strategize your timing of the change. You know you need to make the change; just don’t push so hard that you lose people and momentum in the change.

One of the major things I took from this book is that many people focus so much on a problem that they lose sight of the solution. Even looking back at a problem isn’t necessary to find a solution. Instead, look at right now and imagine how it will look and feel when a solution is in place. Some helpful questions might be: Can you imagine what you would do if you weren’t having marriage problems? What would if feel like? The point is to wrap our thoughts around the feelings and thoughts of being out of a certain situation or problem. I hope that makes sense. (If it doesn’t, get the book!)

Enjoy!

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