Invest in Transformation
Trust is not transformation. Instead, we must invest trust for transformation.
Groups that have become skeptical need leadership to refuel a sense of community and continuity if change is going to happen. But trust can be easily hoarded or squandered. In this fully illustrated volume in the Practicing Change Series, Tod Bolsinger outlines steps to envision trust for the sake of growth.
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"The Practicing Change Series is compelling and immediately applicable. Each book weaves us through story, illustration, and discussion to contextualize paradigm-shifting frameworks for thinking. Your leadership, but more importantly the impact through your leadership, will experience a trajectory change through the words penned. Tod is a master storyteller, carefully threading points, principles, and processes with ease and nuance. Today's era of leadership calls for continual, on-the-go growth, and this series offers solutions to today's demands. For the leader whose time is limited and responsibilities toward self and service are complex, these books are for you."
"Here's a scary truth: regardless of where you work or what you do for a living, a crisis is coming. In fact multiple crises lie ahead for you because our world is now changing at an unprecedented rate, and those changes will render you and your organization obsolete if you can't find a way to continuously adapt to these coming crises. Leading through these changes will require leaders who aren't afraid to slay some sacred cows, challenge conventional wisdom, and even live outside their own leadership comfort zones. Adaptation will be the single most critical survival skill of the twenty-first century. Tod Bolsinger's four short books in the Practicing Change Series are the 'emergency preparedness drill' that you will be grateful to have read when the next 'tsunami' hits your organization. Read them now before the next wave hits your shore."
"The Practicing Change Series is like having Tod Bolsinger as a personal coach. He offers practical and powerful wisdom for anyone who is wrestling with the complex challenges of ministry leadership today."
"If only trust were enough. But as Tod Bolsinger points out in Invest in Transformation, while trust is an important resource, it is most valuable not when it is stockpiled for personal security but when it is invested in transformation. For leaders who are willing to step courageously into adaptive challenges, Bolsinger provides a clear and concise (although certainly not easy) guide for developing the perspective and skill sets needed to effectively lead organizational change. This is a book I will return to again and again."
"It has been said that 'Trust is built in drops and lost in buckets.' In his slender-yet-substantive book Invest in Transformation, Tod Bolsinger helpfully weds transformation and trust. Furthermore, he offers valuable counsel on how the two might be synced and mutually reinforcing. In an effort to be and to do better as a leader, I have found the work of Bolsinger to be invaluable. Along with many others, I am grateful for his practical, actionable insights on leadership and for his graceful, enjoyable prose."
"This series is required reading for anyone who wants to lead change. In the very best way, reading these books was like sitting down with a mentor who has done the hard work of leading change himself and wants to help us work through the mistakes, challenges, and dynamics we can't see by ourselves."
"Leaders who know organizational change is needed but don't know how to go about it will find accessible, practical, and wise guidance in Tod Bolsinger's Practicing Change Series. I've found the concepts of adaptive leadership incredibly helpful in thinking through organizational challenges. Bolsinger helps us apply and practice these concepts in a way that will transform our organizations and ourselves as leaders."
"The Practicing Change Series provides exactly the kind of help that busy leaders need in seeking to bring meaningful change to their organizations in the midst of the ongoing demands of day-to-day leadership. Concisely accessible. Imminently practical. Immediately actionable. And built on solid theory tested in the real world. My own life and leadership have been profoundly impacted by having Tod Bolsinger as a trusted guide in navigating the complexity of leading adaptive change."
"Leadership is a lot like twirling a baton: it looks easy until you try it! If you are involved in leadership at any level I would highly recommend Tod Bolsinger's Practicing Change Series. It invites those of us in leadership to reflect on and rethink what it means to be a leader and to build a 'in what really makes a difference—transformation.'"
Foreword to the Practicing Change Series by Marty Linsky
About the Practicing Change Series
Introduction: Trust and Transformation
1. A Leadership Story: After the Gala
2. Old Mindset: Secure Leaders Maintain a Big Trust Account
3. New Skill Set Part 1: Create a Holding Environment
4. New Skill Set Part 2: Clarify Your Charism
5. New Skill Set Part 3: Pay Attention to Pain Points
6. Adaptive Reset: Invest Trust in Transformation
7. The Story Continues: Beyond the Bouquets and Balloon Sprays
Discussion Guide: Take Your Team to the Balcony