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Freedom to Change: Four Strategies to Put Your Inner Drive into Overdrive
Michael Fullan

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Format: Hardcover, 192pp.
ISBN: 9781119024361
Publisher: Wiley
Pub. Date: June 29, 2015

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Tired of feeling frustrated and blocked, not just by your own circumstances, but by the actions of others? Freedom to Change releases you from the trap of constantly telling yourself that you'd be more successful if only others didn't stand in your way. Written by bestselling author Michael Fullan, this engaging and often irreverent book explores the two kinds of freedom in our daily lives: freedom from obstacles versus freedom to take initiative and act. As Fullan explains, freedom from seemingly immovable barriers has no value in itself until it is partnered with an equally determined sense of what it is you truly want.

What change would you like to bring about for yourself or those around you?

To guide you on your journey to change, Fullan prescribes four dynamically interrelated actions: Seek the right balance between autonomy and cooperation with others; Improve the feedback exchange—give more valuable responses, as well as eliciting, hearing, and accepting feedback more effectively; Build accountability to others into the fabric of our working lives; and Find ways to influence others with the changes we've made and want to spread. These four actions are the guideposts for maximizing 'freedom to change,' and by navigating your way through them you'll discover your own best freedom and fast-track your future.

Filled with illustrative examples from the education, business, and nonprofit sectors, Freedom to Change offers recommendations for both individuals and organizations seeking to enhance connectedness and independence.


"In Freedom to Change Michael Fullan issues a direct challenge to individuals and groups to accept responsibility for creating the conditions they desire in their organizations. He offers readers explicit advice on four key factors that are within their sphere of control. If you are willing to accept personal and collective responsibility for improving your organization and are looking for specific advice on how to fulfill that responsibility, this book is for you."
—Rick Dufour, education author and consultant

"Freedom to Change is a manifesto for action. Fullan boldly outlines what it takes to move people to a higher level of motivation and mastery. He exhorts us to make the leap from a reactive 'freedom from' stance to embracing four keys of 'freedom to change.' This book will open up new doors and create impetus, momentum, energy, and drive."
—Avis Glaze, Edu-quest International Inc.; former chief student achievement officer of Ontario, Canada

"Michael Fullan has once again broken the mold, challenging us to free ourselves for positive change. In Freedom to Change, Fullan compels us to brave new terrain and go for deep change. This book is a must-read for anyone who desires to make a real difference."
—Laura Schwalm, senior partner, California Education Partners; former superintendent, Garden Grove Unified School District, California

"Michael Fullan brings an original and challenging perspective to school reform in urging individuals to seize the Freedom to Change and deliver not just results for others but meaning in their own lives."
—Sir Michael Barber, chief education advisor, Pearson

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Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Fullan has won numerous awards for his more than 30 books, and is the author of the bestsellers Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change, and The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact. To learn more, visit his website at www.michaelfullan.ca.

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