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Business change


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David Miller, Successful Change: How to implement change through people, Change First, 2011

  A straightforward book on doing change properly and effective. If you get the people stuff wrong, change will fail. This book tells you how to get it right.

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Systems change


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Sharon Drew Morgen, Dirty Little Secrets, Morgen Publishing, 2009 

A brilliant addition to the sales process which can significantly boost your bottom line. Very highly recommended. Also great for any business change.

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Large-scale change


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Barbara Benedict Bunker, Billie T. Alban, Large Group Interventions : Engaging the Whole System for Rapid Change, Jossey-Bass, 1996

A review of the various methods of large systems change, such as Search Conferences and Future Search. Good for figuring out which approach is best for you.

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David L. Cooperrider, Diana L. Whitney and Jacqueline Stavros, Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: The First in a Series of AI Workbooks for Leaders of Change, Lakeshore Communications, 2003

The how-to book for Appreciative Inquiry (AI), by the originator of the method. Taking a positive approach has proven this method very successful.

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Dannemiller Tyson Associates, Whole-Scale Change: Unleashing the Magic in Organizations, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000

Describes the Dannemiller approach to whole systems change. Uses a lot of 'consultant-speak' but still is useful.

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Dannemiller Tyson Associates, Whole-Scale Change Toolkit, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000

The practical toolkit for Dannemiller's approach to whole systems change. Describes in detail how to run workshops, etc.

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Tom Devane and Peggy Holman (Editors), The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999

An excellent summary of all the major large-group methods of conferencing and change, all written by the key authors in the field. Beautifully and practically presented. A key work if you're looking to understand this field.

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Merrelyn Emery, Ronald E. Purser, The Search Conference : A Powerful Method for Planning Organizational Change and Community Action, Jossey-Bass, 1996

The original book and approach for large system change, used widely and particularly in social community situations. How to do it is fully and clearly described.

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Robert W. Jacobs, Real-Time Strategic Change, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1997

A good description of Jacob's approach to changing large systems involving hundreds or more people.

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Harrison Owen, Open Space Technology: A User's guide, Berrett-Koehler, 1997

A comprehensive guide to Open Space by the originator of the field. A must-have for anyone considering using this approach to creating effective dialogue.

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Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, Future Search, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000

A very practical book on the much-used Future Search method of large-system change, with clear descriptions, examples and photos of conferences in action.

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