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A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don't change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation aren't enough: even when it's literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive.

Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organizations?

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

This persuasive and practical book, filled with hands-on diagnostics and compelling case studies, delivers the tools you need to overcome the forces of inertia and transform your life and your work.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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  • DebiCA
  • 07-08-2018

Made me want to read it in print

There were many great stories and examples throughout this book that made it enjoyable to listen to. But ultimately, it’s a book about how to change yourself at work and may be best experienced by reading on the page with pen in hand to take notes, answer questions about yourself related to the subject their discussing. I actually did buy the paperback book of their weight-loss related follow-up book, and found theirs such a powerful and yet easy system to identify why it’s hard for you to change and figure out ways to actually make changes happen. Really great material, possibly that everyone should be learning about around high school age!

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  • John
  • 31-07-2018

Constantly referencing to the bonus pdf

This book doesn’t lend itself to being transcribed to an audiobook as it references charts and tables in order to make its point. Often dancing around the point instead of leading with that and justifying using examples. It’s a shame since the content seems novel and interesting. If I had to do it again, I’d buy a cliff notes version of the book

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  • Chandra Achberger
  • 02-11-2016

Should be Required Reading for humanity

Very few self-help books workshop the reader through what's required for actual transformation. This does!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2018

There is a bug, I couldn’t complete the book

Could you kindly fix it please and would appreciate a message from your side. Thanks for your help

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  • Say
  • 03-09-2020

I tried.

I tried three different occasions to read this book. I could just not get hooked into it. I found that I had to keep re-reading sections to understand what was going on. The content in the book seems like it should be interesting, but I just can’t get into it. :/

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  • Danielle
  • 22-03-2020

Perspective-changing!

This book is a game-changer and a must read for anyone seeking to experience true and lasting life change.

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  • RGT
  • 16-10-2019

Valuable insights wrapped in A LOT of filler

There are definitely some gems in here, but the book drags at times and was a challenge to finish. Also the audiobook references the bonus pdf frequently so print it out before you start listening.

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  • Ajay
  • 30-05-2019

perpetual growth

amazing, simple, meaningful. a great guide for self growth. growth that's sustainable. growth that's meaningful.

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  • Vernon Stinebaker
  • 10-04-2019

Good book, too verbose

This book provides some key ideas and some supporting tools to help individuals and organizations effect significant change. Unfortunately it’s too verbose. It would be a 5 star book if it was 70% shorter.

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  • Russell
  • 01-12-2018

better to read than listen

strata well, but it gets dry easily and there is constant references to thing that would be in the book or companion guide. my guess is this would be a good read but was not a good listen. still was able to pluck a few nuggets, but this one is tough to be attentive to, and pointless of you aren't attentive to it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-2017

Transformational

it was quite hard going and feel need to listen again as alot to take on board.

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  • Maria F.
  • 23-11-2020

What a surprise

It’s a simple book written by very clever people adopting a scientific method to unravel the cognitive difficulties ( our assumptions) of our behavior. I feel very close to the compassionate approach to the anxiety and insecurity that changing a mindset can induce

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