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Who killed Change in your organization? Ask a Columbo-style detective

Perhaps like you, I have read a lot of fiction in my school and college days. But, I don't remember reading fiction ever since I got my first job some 23 years ago. Having read Who Moved My Cheese? cover to cover, I thought business novels were an exception. But I couldn't repeat that success with Ken Blanchard's Who Killed Change? I did read chapter #1, but quickly moved to check the last chapter. Well, that reflects my personal disposition and therefore your experience could be different.

In Who Killed Change?, detective McNally is on a case: the murder of Change. He interviews 15 suspects including Ms Culture, Mr Sponsorship, and Ms Budget. And the detective's final announcement is: "all of you killed Change."

Who killed the last Change initiative in your organization?

PS: You'll find a few of my own successful Change initiatives/tactics in this blog ... just click on "Change leadership" under Categories in the right margin.

And now ... the Bhabha centennial

Besides Peter Drucker (prev post), another great person who would have been 100 years old around this time is Homi J. Bhabha.

While working toward his doctorate in theoretical physics at Cambridge University, Bhabha did groundbreaking research into the absorption of cosmic rays and electron showers. His series of papers on his theories regarding cosmic ray showers were widely-accepted.

Bhabha later set up Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) near Bombay in India. TIFR, by launching a permanent exhibition, is celebrating Bhabha's life and achievements.

Bhabha points to Cathedral & John Connon School (Bombay) for "fostering the love of science." His thought: "For each man can do best and excel in only that thing, of which he is passionately fond, in which he believes, as I do, that he has the ability to do it, that he is in fact born and destined to do it."

I did not "grow up" reading Drucker

I "grew up" reading Tom Peters, not Peter Drucker. But NOW is the time to celebrate Drucker, who would have turned 100 this month.

Harvard Business Review, perhaps the planet's most respected business publication, is celebrating The Drucker Centennial. Editor Adi Ignatius says "Drucker had an extraordinary grasp of the big picture ... a point of view that's 100% pragmatic but imbued with a deep sense of moral responsibility."

If you -- like me -- did not "grow up" reading Drucker, the November issue has some help: a "Why Read Peter Drucker?" article! Other Drucker related articles include "What Would Peter Do?" and "How To Think Like Drucker."

Have a look and share your experience here!