Welcome Change Leaders and Consultants

Greetings change leaders and consultants and welcome to The Change Leader’s Network Blog. The purpose of The Change Leader’s Network is to serve conscious change leaders worldwide with development, collaboration, and methodology. This blog is the Network’s first resource to support that purpose. We will be adding more as we go.

In the blog, we will focus on leading change, specifically organizational change, but pesonal, relational, team, and social change as well. Think of it as “all things change related.” We will focus on not just any type of organizaitonal change, but specifically, transformational change, the type of change that can produce radical breakthroughs in results.

TransformatTransformational Change diagramional change is challenging; change leaders fail at it more often than they succeed. But that is what makes it so interesting. In this blog, you will learn how to radically increase your success as a transformational change leader or consultant. We will provide tips, techniques and methods that we have developed and refined over the past thirty years with great success for our own clients. We will share cases, tell stories and take you into the trenches of working with senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies and global non-profits. The names will be withheld to protect the guilty, but you will learn what to do and not to do based on the successes and failures we have observed.

Change Leader's Roadmap & Beyond Change Management

We will engage you in dialogue about what we see is cutting edge in the field of change leadership, specifically conscious change leadership. Conscious change leadership is an emerging field that combines learning, insight and methods from a number of other fields, in particular, systems theory, chaos theory, integral theory, organizaiton development, organizational learning, change management, project management, transpersonal psychology, and evolutionary science. We have begun to describe this emerging field in our two books, Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results through Consious Change Leadership, and The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization’s Transformation. We suggest you read these books if you are interested in conscious change leadership as they provide the foundational knowledge and change tools to enter this worldwide dialogue and advancement of this field.

Through the blog, you will get an insiders look into The Change Leader’s Roadmap, the nine-phase change process methodology that we have been developing for thirty years. You can apply the Roadmap to any type and scale of change, and we’ll show you how. The online version of The Change Leader’s Roadmap has been closed to new subscribers this past year, but we will re-open it soon and make it available to Change Leaders Network members. More on that to come.

The Change Leader's Roadmap, Being First's Change Process Methodology

The Change Leader's Roadmap, Being First's Change Process Methodology

Our audience for the blog is both change leaders and consultants. Some people suggest that we ought to focus on one role or the other, as executives and managers have very different worldviews, responsibilities, educaction, and needs than do consultants, but we disagree. Why? Because the boundaries and separation between these two critical roles is often a huge detriment to leading organizational change successfully. And, leaders need to learn many of the skills change consultants bring, as well as develop more of their worldview. The same is true of consultants: they need to develop more of a leadership mindset and skillset. So what better way to promote this symbiosis and development than address both roles and the people in them as one? In fact, when we refer to “change leaders,” 95% of the time we mean both change leaders and change consultants. So please keep that in mind as you read the blog entries over time.

My partner, Linda Ackerman Anderson and I will both be posting to this blog. There will be other guest bloggers along the way as well, all leaders in the field of transformational change and leadership. Some will be authors you know and whose books you have read. Some will be consultants on our team or outside our organization who have valuable insights about the nuances of succeeding at organizational change. Some will be futurists, others professors, and of course, executives telling their stories of what is working and not working in their organizational transformation and organizational culture change efforts. 

We will be making entries to the blog on a regular basis, so I suggest you subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss anything. Also, subscribe to the Results from Change Newsletter. We’ll send you emails announcing updates to the blog and other valuable tidbits about leading organizational change. We will hunt for cool and effective methods for transformation and send them direct to your inbox.

Ok, there you go. That’s the overview. I think that covers everything, certainly enough to get us started. Now, I’d like to ask you a couple questions:


What are your needs?

What would you like to see this blog focus on to be most valuable to you?

What are your most pressing challenges as a change leader or consultant?

Please respond and let us know. See you soon.

All the best in change!


  1. Jan 21, 2011
    7:01 pm

    Kate Nelson

    Thanks for sharing the link to the blog! I am looking forward to following what comes next!

  2. Sep 4, 2013
    4:32 am

    Christine Hinkle

    I really enjoyed reading Beyond Change Management. I am more aware when I am on auto pilot and trying to be more conscious in my personal life and at work.
    Thank you for writing this book.

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With this extensively upgraded second edition, Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson solidify their status as the leading authorities on change leadership and organizational transformation. This is without question the most comprehensive approach for leaders who are serious about making change a strategic discipline. Beyond Change Management is an intelligent book by two of the most knowledgeable and accomplished masters of their craft, and it’s one that every conscious change leader should adopt as their guide to creating more meaningful organizations.

Jim Kouzes
Coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and The Truth About Leadership

Read this great book by Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson and learn how to use their multi-dimensional approach to lead transformation masterfully and consciously!

Marshall Goldsmith
World-renowned executive coach
Author of the New York Times best-sellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

An important move toward a more integral business consulting approach, very much recommended for those interested in the topic and ways to actually apply it. 

Ken Wilber
Author, The Integral Vision, A Brief History of Everything, and over a dozen other best-sellers

Dean and Linda are core to the field of conscious change leadership, and continue to stretch and push its boundaries in this rich and deep compendium. This is a must read from two consummate thought leaders who have devoted their careers to developing highly successful change leaders. Read it and immediately improve your change leadership or consulting success.

Bev Kaye
CEO, Career Systems International
Author of Love 'em or Lose 'em: Getting Good People to Stay

This book is about mastery of leading the transformational change process written by masters of the craft.  For corporate leaders and consultants who consider themselves committed students of the process of organizational change.

Daryl Conner
Chairman, Conner Partners
Author of Managing at the Speed of Change and Leading at the Edge of Chaos

Beyond Change Management is a timely how-to guide for leading change in the 21st century. It provides both a conceptual roadmap, and practical tools and techniques for successfully transforming organizations.

Noel Tichy
Professor, University of Michigan
Co-author with Warren Bennis of JUDGMENT: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls

Once again, Dean and Linda have nailed it! Beyond Change Management is an extraordinary book examining the shifts in change management that have occurred over the years. This book offers real, practical solutions for change practitioners to become extraordinary conscious change leaders.

Darlene Meister
Director, Unified Change Management
United States House of Representatives

Powerful business solutions to the current chaos facing many organizations today. Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson get to the heart of change, the human touch, by using timeless techniques and tools.
Ken Blanchard
Co-Author of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level

Having applied this methodology for two years to manage change inside Microsoft, it has been instrumental in our ability to land change effectively, engage employees and deliver results quickly. The Change Leader’s Roadmap allows us to lead change with precision and minimal outside consulting, while at the same time growing change leadership capability internally. This is the most complete change methodology we have found anywhere.

Pete Fox
General Manager, Corporate Accounts
Microsoft US

This newest edition of The Change of Leader’s Roadmap is an invaluable, comprehensive and practical guide for envisioning an organization’s desired future, designing the structures and practices necessary to make it happen, and implementing them effectively. The book describes the change process in nine distinct phases and outlines the activities and tasks that need to occur in each phase. It provides change leaders with an essential map for successfully traversing the complex and uncertain terrain of transformational change.   

Thomas G. Cummings
Professor and Chair, Department of Management & Organization
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

This is the next best thing to having Dean, Linda and the Being First team riding alongside your complex change initiative. The Change Leader’s Roadmap breeds confidence in senior executive “Champions” to guide not just a successful transformational change, but most importantly, to develop the mission critical organizational CULTURE that will ensure unparalleled return on investment. Nothing I have seen in my 32 years of leading change comes close.

Jeff Mulligan
Former CEO, Common Wealth Credit Union
Mayor, City of Lloydminster

After implementing more than 2000 business strategy and operational excellence initiatives, we set out to find the best change methodology and toolbox in the world. The methodology this book describes is it! Study it thoroughly, because the thinking, process approach and pragmatic tools really work!

Thomas Fischer
Director COO
Valcon Management Consultants A/S

A practical, step-by-step guide for change leaders, managers and consultants. The book provides conceptually grounded, real world, time tested tools and guidance that will prove invaluable to those faced with navigating the challenges of leading organizational change in today's turbulent times.

Robert J. Marshak, Ph.D.
Senior Scholar in Residence
MSOD Program, American University
Organizational Change Consultant