Friday, December 16, 2011

Book Review: Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield and Ron McMillan




Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success is the New York Times bestseller that teaches a breakthrough methodology for solving any individual behavior challenge—at work or at home. Book readers and participants of the one-day training program will learn to recognize the personal, social, and environmental forces of influence currently working against them—and then turn them in their favor. By doing so, they become more engaged and productive, and ten times more likely to solve complex problems.

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My Thoughts:

As the the holiday approaches and the New Year is around the corner, many of us will be looking to make the usual resolutions, that year after year we have plan for, but after 6 to 8 weeks they become a distant memory. What happened you wonder, as you realize the weight loss resolution is just that, a resolution. The gym membership you just paid for creates a hole in your budget, and the shiny, new pair of running shoes and the workout clothes you proudly purchased lay in the corner of your closet, merely collecting dust. You took the right steps to ensure you had a successful start to your resolution, but somewhere, somehow, along the way something happened that ended up working against you, without you are even noticing. This is one of the forces this book, Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success (Authors: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield and Ron McMillan) beautifully describe to you. They like to refer it as crucial moments that can derail your goals for good. The Change Anything book as the tittle suggest is a self-help book that aims to help you change anything in yourself. From helping you reach the goal of weight loss, to advancing in your career, or even improving your marriage. Change Anything provides you with an easy framework you implement right now!  The book sets itself apart from other books in the Self-Help genre, as they give extensive research on how each of the 6 sources of influence can manifest in you, and how YOU can make it work for you.

My husband is actually using what he learned from this book to help reach the goal of running his first marathon in 2012, taking place in Providence, RI.  He is implementing each step to ensure that he stays on course, reaches the proper physical conditioning needed to run a full marathon, and is making sure he is ready for the big day (you can follow his plan at

The Change Anything book is well organized and easy to ready. And, the research included in the book helps you to understand the concepts. It is too early to tell whether or not this book will become a classic and join the ranks of those like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, or even Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, but at least I can say it is worth having it as part of your library.


Disclosure:  I was sent an audio copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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