Book Review

  • Immunity to Change, How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization

    By: Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

    Author Info:
    Kean and Lahey have been research and practice collaborators for 25 years. They are educators, consultants and professional speakers and have authored several books together.

    Summary
    The authors discovered how our limiting beliefs hold us back from achieving our goals. They provide practical tips, worksheets and real examples to help the reader create plans for work/life fulfillment. The book is divided into three parts:

    1. Part 1 provides the research to support the authors’ methodology. They explain the concept of “immunity to change” and provide real examples of how two leaders brought this work into their organizations had achieved dramatic results.

    2. Part 2 continues to provide a variety of examples to further explain the process of uncovering limiting beliefs and introduce the concept as it pertains to team work.

    3. Part 3 provides the template and step-by-step guide to help the reader create their own action plan for change.

    Strengths
    Numerous real-life examples help the reader to grasp the concepts of “limiting beliefs”, “hidden commitments” and “big assumptions”. Key takeaways:

    1. Work needs to be done prior to beginning to address action planning

    2. It takes time and introspection to create plans that will finally work

    3. Having a coach or other objective, trusted resource helps to uncover beliefs, commitments and assumptions

    Weaknesses
    This is not a simple, self-help book. It is 323 pages packed with research, examples and challenging concepts. The reader needs to be ready to push him/herself to higher levels of self-awareness.

    Conclusion
    Immunity to Change is an outstanding resource for anyone willing to put the time and emotional effort into achieving their most fulfilling life.