Writing and Wisdom 2013-02-21T13:28:47+00:00

Making Big Change Happen • Writing + Wisdom

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Inspiration for you and your team

For years we’ve been hearing and sharing powerful questions, provocative thoughts and inspiring stories with teams and leaders who are making big change happen. We put the best, most profound, and most impactful into our award winning writing.

This is core work for us – from the outset of the project our aim has been to enable millions of people to catalyse big, positive change. There will be something here that can energise, nourish and inspire you, your team and your agents of change. And maybe profoundly change the way you lead big change.

The Little Book of Making Big Change Happen Read more here…

Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation: How to Help Individuals and Organizations Flourish Read more here…

Award winning column in Coaching at Work magazine Read more here…

The Little Book of Making Big Change Happen

We wrote this book for a number of reasons.

  • One – we found that certain thoughts, questions and stories we have picked up along the journey consistently helped the leaders of big change we are working with.
  • Two – We want to share these with the world.
  • Three – we wanted to do it in a way that recognises that people leading big change are busy.
  • Four – we notice that people leading big change often love to learn, but don’t like to be taught. The result?

“Full of wisdom, humanity and practical ideas”

“This book gives page after page of wisdom on how to make big change happen in a holistic way.”

“Essential reading, and a resource to be dipped into and re-read over many years.”

“The simplicity of language and clarity of thinking reflects a beautifully crafted distillation of wisdom and experience.”

Read what leaders are saying about The Little Book of Making Big Change Happen

Fran Woodard

“We all need to remember to take the time to reflect personally, as a team and as organisations. In today’s ever changing and busy world this book is an excellent way to focus our reflections so they have meaning and create a real difference.

The simplicity of the approach hides the depth and meaning one can gain from it. The constant reframing of leadership is in itself very powerful.”

Dr Fran Woodard – Executive Director of Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support


Anthony Kasozi

“The simplicity of this short book belies its depth. It is a moment to pause, in the midst of change – even big change…This little offering brings together the complexity and challenge of change into a reflection that is accessible and straight talking, understanding and never simplistic…a valuable resource to be read, re-read, shared, dipped in and referred to. Just a little at a time; and possibly, just in time. A gift.”

Dr Anthony Kasozi – Coach, Consultant, Mentor and Advisor working among other things with the leading Malaria scientists across Africa


Adrienne Skelton

“When I started reading The Little Book of Big Change I knew immediately that it was going to be an important source of wisdom and inspiration to me. It reminds us of the vital importance of making time to stand back, look at the world around, and reflect on our powerful role as leaders of change. Essential reading, and a resource to be dipped into and re-read over many years.”

Adrienne Skelton – Director of Strategy, Arthritis Research UK


Andrew Wolstenholme

“Leading a major Infrastructure project is complex and demanding. Every new phase throws up fresh challenges. Managing these successfully requires a ‘dynamic’ organisation that constantly adapts itself to match the ever-changing risk profile.

All too often leaders will focus on the ‘what’ – the hard outputs, putting the ‘how’ is second place. In my experience they should always sit alongside each other. The little book of big change focuses the ‘how’.

For the experts it will be an aide-memoir, but for the rest of us it is an invaluable guide – a set of prompts that should be constantly referred to, practiced and delivered.”

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE FREng FICE – Chief Executive, Crossrail (Europe’s largest infrastructure project)


Susan Allen

“Driving big change is exciting, but difficult. This book acknowledges that and provides some practical help and support – a quiet voice of reason which will be useful for leaders and their teams alike.

I loved reading it. But note: I found I wanted to stop and think about each section – so it might be deceptive if you think it will be a quick read!”

Susan Allen – Chief Transformation Officer, Santander UK


Dr Mark Williamson - Director of Action for Happiness

“This book is packed full of great insights. I love how it’s business-like but also radically different to most books on leadership or change, because of the very clear focus on the inner journey too. This makes it unique and much needed! Perfect for people and teams who want to make a big contribution to the world – and who want to make their organisations happier and more resilient along the way too. Highly recommended.”

Dr Mark Williamson – Director of Action for Happiness


Toby Woolrych - Group Finance Director, Renewi PLC

“This little book provides big ideas and much to think about for the generalist leader struggling to make change happen. I was delighted, inspired and apprehensive in equal measure as I read – ideal inspiration for anyone seeking to lead an organisation through big change into a lasting new state.”

Toby Woolrych – Group Finance Director, Renewi PLC


“This book gives page after page of wisdom on how to make big change happen in a holistic way. I commend this book to those future creators who want to change the world as we know it.”

Marcus Wohlrab – Entrepreneur, Director of Familia Global Ltd


Jim Gardner - Chief Executive, Kent Union; Chair, Dame Janet Primary Academy

“This book includes many valuable insights and ideas. It is accessible, practical and relevant and will help anyone who is wrestling with big change, or indeed just wants to become a better and more thoughtful leader. It is the type of book that you will want to keep by your bed or on your desk so that you can re-read sections or just reach for it when you need some inspiration. Enjoy, learn and be inspired!”

Jim Gardner – Chief Executive, Kent Union; Chair, Dame Janet Primary Academy


“Don’t judge this book by its title or its size! I found the book to be much more than just about organisational leadership and change. It’s about choosing to make changes that will have a profound effect on yourself, your team, your organisation and the wider world through the big change you are working for. If you desire to be a ‘legacy leader’ then this book is for you.”

Doreen Thompson-Addo – Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust


Stephen Cass - CEO CSH Surrey

“This is a powerful little book. Read it quickly and you get the message. Sharp insight packed into each page. Straightforward, easy to digest. Deeply pragmatic bite-sized chunks. You can read it once. Think about it. Go out and act. Make change happen.

It will make you happy. And the world will be a better place.

Read it again slowly and a different story emerges.

The simplicity of language and clarity of thinking reflects a beautifully crafted distillation of wisdom and experience. There is alchemy in these pages. The space created between the words, which allow you to think and reflect on your own life, produce a journey of understanding which transcends the individual ideas it promotes. It is almost an academic work in itself. A complete masterclass in learning about change.

People involved in thinking about, creating and nurturing long lasting systemic change in whatever environment they inhabit, will find comfort, challenge and relevance to help connect what happens today with their dreams for tomorrow.”

Stephen Cass – CEO CSH Surrey


Kara Exner - Founder Nine Lions Inc

“This little book is deceptive: While easy to dip into at any point, and a pleasure to read, the ideas and questions within are far from simple! Making big change is important work, and Neil & Alister know this well. The wisdom shared here is thought provoking, inspiring, and a must-have for anyone embarking on this journey.”

Kara Exner – Founder Nine Lions Inc


“The prospect of change can be frightening and exhausting and tiring to contemplate.The contents of this book bring a sense of proportion: leaps become steps; we are challenged to see how things may become; guided on taking others to this new place; given reassurance and wisdom on how to sustain others and ourselves along the journey.”

Simon Davies – Headmaster, Eastbourne College


Liz Hall - Editor, Coaching at Work magazine; author of Mindful Coaching, and author/editor of Coaching in times of Crisis and Transformation

“I love this book! Don’t be deceived by its size – little it may be, but its potential impact is vast – for you, your organisation, our world. Prepare to be inspired, to go on a journey accompanied by the authors whose wise voices come through so clearly, to get the tools you need to really make a difference. Just don’t read it if you want to lay back and do nothing!”

Liz Hall – Editor, Coaching at Work magazine; author of Mindful Coaching, and author/editor of Coaching in times of Crisis and Transformation


“The accelerating pace of external change and the critical need for almost continuous internal change are the realities that we must all live with in a highly competitive and complex world. This book probes at change from a multitude of angles, covering both familiar and unexpected territory and opening up numerous avenues of self-reflection. A thought provoking and hugely enjoyable read.”

Nick Cross – Executive Vice President, Cabot Corporation


Jo Osborn - Head of Communications, South East Water

“This may be a little book, but it is one that will have a big impact for those who read it.
Whether reading cover to cover, or dipping in, you feel you are in a conversation with the authors, mentoring you through the changes you and your team are making. It doesn’t have the answers, you have those, but it asks all the right questions to spark your thinking and helping you make a positive next step towards the change you want to see.”

Jo Osborn – Head of Communications, South East Water


“Working with Alister and Neil is inspiring and this book is like having them in the room. Full of wisdom, humanity and practical ideas, it will be a boundless resource for you and your team if you are making big change happen. Buy it!”

Martyn Ward – Headmaster, Marlborough House School


 

Discover more wisdom, writing and resources from the One Leadership Project

Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation: How to Help Individuals and Organizations Flourish

 

Many organisations now face the need to transform themselves. Some are experiencing crisis. And at a personal level, it can be hugely helpful to prepare for life’s changes.

We were therefore honoured to be invited to write the final chapter in a book on these topics for anyone employing a coaching style of leadership: Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation.

Written and edited by Liz Hall, editor of Coaching at Work magazine, and Anthony Kasozi, the book brings together a stellar group of leading thinkers from around the world.

Legacy thinking

Legacy thinking is about looking at your most difficult questions and most important opportunities, from different people’s perspectives, and from different moments in time. The results can be swift and extraordinarily insightful.

Look at what happens in an open session here, run in partnership with IMA International and hosted by the New Economics Forum.

And hear Neil talk about it in the book…


Award winning column in Coaching at Work magazine

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Since 2012 we have been writing for Coaching at Work magazine. The regular column, which has received the magazine’s award for Thought Leadership, explores the role of coaches and the coaching profession in addressing the biggest challenges of our times.

Thought provoking, insightful, and inviting the thoughts, experiences and wisdoms of great coaches and leaders from around the world, it has given voice to many people and their differing opinions. The column is inspiring many coaches to think more widely about the impact of their work, and how to bring more depth and power into their coaching conversations.

Visit the Coaching at Work website here.


Take the next step

To discuss how you can make big change possible, call us on +44 (0)208 123 0121 or send us a message.