Once in a while, a great book comes along that provides a unique, actionable and powerful viewpoint in business. EPIC Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age by Timothy R. Clark is such a book.
EPIC Change describes the strategies and offers great tactics to execute a successful change.
“Change fails less often for the poor strategy or technical difficulty,” Clark notes. “Rather, it is a leader’s inability to draw out the discretionary efforts of people that usually signals failure.”
Dr. Clark specifically works with the different types of energy a leader needs to be producing to implement the change. He utilizes the the four phases of change — Evaluate, Prepare, Execute, and Consolidate: EPIC — to describe the different types of energy a leader must provide to people making the change so they are willing to provide the discretionary efforts to make change work.
The book then is broken down into the four EPIC change phases and well researched information is provided to show the pitfalls of the phase, how to overcome them, and the importance of utilizing the different types of energy for the phase the change is in at the moment.
There is a tremendous amount of good advice in the book. Let me describe a mere few:
Very little. If I had to put something here, it is that the book focuses, necessarily, on how to make a single change. Most of us work on several changes at once, so how that is integrated into your work is still left open.
Of course, I can say that about virtually any book about making a change whether personal or business. There is so much great insight in this book that you will struggle to find anything poor to say about it.
Cube Rules Rating
When I look at a book to review here on the site, I want to see practical, implementation-capable, and results-oriented writing that will help my readers. Many, if not most, books fail using this criteria.
Epic Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age meets this criteria hands down. Plus, it extends the discussion for change management in new and insightful ways that we just haven’t seen before.
You’ll learn more about change and how it is successfully implemented in this one book than whatever you have learned in the last five years.
Plus, many of these same principles hold true in our own career management. I plan on writing a few of these comparisons over the next several weeks and show how they apply to all of us working in cubes.
Rating: 5 of 5 cubes.