Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey

Immunity to Change:
 How to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organisation

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 the status quo can be so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organisations?

In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs, along with the collective mind-sets of our organisations, 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 organisations 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.

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“At the simplest level, any particular expression of the immunity to change provides us a picture of how we are systematically working against the very goal we genuinely want to achieve.” Robert Kegan, Immunity to Change

“We all know that change is hard, but we don’t know enough about why it is so hard and what we can do about it.”

Robert Kegan, Immunity to Change