Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization

By Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey

In Immunity to Change, authors Kegan & Lahey show how our individual beliefs – along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations – combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan & Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us.

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“Immunity to Change is a wonderfully original approach to a familiar problem: why so many crucial change efforts fail. It shows how the core problems of resistance to change stem from the critical gaps between what is required and a leader’s own level of development. I know of no book that does a better job of helping leaders understand the commitment to change and how to put it into practice.” – Peter Senge, author The Fifth Discipline

“When it comes to change, desire and motivation aren’t enough. Kegan and Lahey examine why change is so hard and offer innovative, practical insight to overcome the internal and external obstacles and to meet the challenge of change.” – Anne Sweeney, President, Disney-ABC Television Group

“Extending beyond rhetoric into the real challenges of changing our behaviors, Kegan and Lahey’s book offers a powerful perspective and clear advice about maneuvering along the path of change.” – Eric Rait, Director, People and Organization Capability, Microsoft International, Microsoft Corp.

“Kegan and Lahey get to the heart of why individuals fail to change in spite of their best efforts. The book is packed with examples and powerful illustrations – both individual and organizational – revealing how we can uncover the mental models that hold us prisoner. I have found their immunity to change methodology invaluable to my own work as counselor and consultant.” – Neil Janin, Director, McKinsey & Co.

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