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December 1999


Back To The Future In 2000

Purpose, Planning & Purpose

Get In Touch With Your Emotions

No Gimmicks. No Frills. Just The Facts

Ritz Carlton Again


What A Difference A Space Makes
by Peter Block


Brief Cases

Diary of a Shutdown

Views for a Change



Book Reviews with a Twist


“The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations”

Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard Ross, George Roth and Bryan Smith

Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Gloom of Night….
It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that every News for a Change reader should run, not walk, to their nearest bookstore and get several copies of “The Dance of Change.” It is the kind of book you read from cover-to-cover, highlighting favorite passages liberally and then seek out friends, co-workers, bosses and significant others to share your learnings with. The process of reading, reflecting, inquiring and internalizing this book is a very “learningful” one. It is the kind of book that is sure to become dog-earred and worn from use. Readers will find themselves returning to it over and over again for ideas to persuade, to inform, to solve problems and to encourage the heart.

Ten Challenges to Initiating, Sustaining, Redesigning and Rethinking
If those involved as consultants or change agents in learning, community-building or performance improvement initiatives had a nickel for every time they hear one of the following excuses for not doing something, they would make Bill Gates look like a pauper. Rather than being just another listing of these excuses, “The Dance of Change,” takes each excuse and then spends an entire chapter on how to deal with it. The result is an amazing compilation of insights, recommended actions and resources to help implement the ideas presented so articulately.

1. Not Enough Time
2. No Help (Coaching and Support)
3. Not Relevant
4. Walking the Talk
5. Fear and Anxiety
6. Assessment and Measurement
7. True Believers and Nonbelievers
8. Governance
9. Diffusion
10. Strategy and Purpose

Take This to The Bank, Bucky
Not that you would want to miss a single word of “The Dance of Change,” but…if you had to boil it’s message down to 25 words or less, it would be:

“Learning is the only infinitely renewable resource.” So, get good - get VERY good - at it!

Update This!
Possibly the best feature of this volume is the fact that it will never get old. Buyers can register (by mail or online) with the accompanying Web site,, and obtain access to additional “lost chapters,” and lots of supplemental writings on the topics covered in this book. Also, learn how to start a “The Dance of Change” study group in your organization and discover literally hundreds of pages of well-written, well-thought out advice and counsel from some of the biggest names in this field.

Repeat After Me…
“Organizations will enter a new domain of leadership development when we stop thinking about preparing a few people for "the top" and start nurturing the potential for leaders at all levels to participate in shaping the new realities.”


“The Dance of Change,”Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard Ross, George Roth and Bryan Smith, 1999, Currency/Doubleday, New York, ISBN: 0-385-493223, 596 page.

Reviewed by:Jerry Linnins, Reflection Technologies, Petaluma, Calif

December '99 News for a Change | E-mail Editor
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