ERIC Number: ED422625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Breaking Free: A Prescription for Personal and Organizational Change.
Noer, David M.
Ways in which organizations can break free from counterproductive reactions are outlined. The text is divided into four parts and opens with a discussion on how to deal with a new reality. It details ways in which groups strive for cohesion, introducing a model that outlines the differences people have in their capacity for changing and their comfort with change. Part 2 focuses on the different kinds of personality types revealed by change: the overwhelmed response (a low capacity for changing combined with a low comfort with change); the entrenched response (a high capacity for change combined with a low comfort level); the "BSer" (comfortable with change but resists it); and learners (high comfort with change and an equally high ability to change). Part 3 offers advice on how organizations can identify, cope with, and remedy resistance and discomfort to change, whereas part 4 examines leadership, showing how leadership, especially the leader's role in any transition, is a shared process. Two appendices define common terms used in the text and trace the development and evolution of the personality model used here. (Includes an index and 67 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Change Strategies, Coping, Defense Mechanisms, Leadership, Learning Readiness, Organizational Climate, Personality Traits, Resistance to Change, Work Environment
Jossey-Bass, Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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