The contents of this book are based on pragmatism and real world change experience - right at the coalface. I have read many books on the subject of change but I can assure you that what I've written here is based on a personal career of major success in the delivery of projects and programmes, sadly coupled with a 'must do better' comment from teacher on major change and transformational class work. So why write a book? I have become very frustrated with the inability of organisations to consistently realise the benefits of change programmes. Nobody remembers who came second in anything, so not winning for my customers is not a great place for me to be. So how come? What's the missing link? What makes a major improvement effort fail to deliver on all its promises and what gives it a reasonable chance of success. This is what I have agonized over in this book. I also wanted to write something that could be read from cover-to-cover on a flight or just a handful of sessions and not a Victorian novel where I dot every I and cross every T. Unlike many books in my collection, the weight of the book should not preclude a satisfactory outcome for the reader. In the book I have used a flight as an analogy to explain what I believe needs to be achieved before launching major changes. This is the part of the programme where many of the issues need to be addressed. There is no need for a manic scramble to get to cruising altitude before we've checked the fuel gauge. I'm sure that whether the flight involves a short haul (small to medium change) or a long haul (major to massive change), the safety announcements need to be listened to and everybody needs to understand them and know what to do in the unlikely event ofetc etc. I hope that you will enjoy the flight with me today - but just keep an eye out for the odd bit of turbulence; there's nothing to worry about but you need to get the odd bounce resolved when it happensand it will happen. Before you steam in and get reading, can you please contain your excitement for just a few seconds longer while I explain the rationale behind the book's structure. It needs to be read from cover to cover, left to right or starting from Page 1 if you are that way inclined. Please don't open it at Chapter 5 and start reading as it will not make much sense. I start off by introducing an ALIEN to you. This is an acronym that I explain in Chapter 1 and involves the critical component to any successful programme - independent coaching. Chapter 2 is all about failure and the death throes of a change programme and I detail some of my hands-on experience of real abject misery and disaster. Chapters 3 - 7 detail the 5 key pre-flight checks that need to be undertaken BEFORE you start - similar to the Initiation Phase of any project. Chapter 8 is all about completion of the Pre-Flight checklist and fastening your seatbelts whereas Chapter 9 highlights some turbulence that you will encounter and what actions you should take to cope with it, in order for your blood pressure to remain at life sustaining levels. Finally, Chapter 10 gives you a summary of the Duty Free Allowances that are available on this flight and what you need to do in order to get them. I mention them throughout the book but they're here in one place for your convenience, so you can decide whether you want to take advantage of these FREE offers. I'd like to thank you for flying ALIEN Airlines today and hope you had a pleasant flight. I never forget that you have a choice. Good luck with your mission.
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