Free Resources for Change Leaders and Consultants

The articles and webinars below support the content of the Anderson’s best-selling books on organizational change, Beyond Change Management and The Change Leader’s Roadmap.


Ten Common Mistakes in Leading Transformational Change
Increase your success by avoiding these common change leadership mistakes. This paper outlines our most current findings from our thirty year action research project on what causes failure and success in large scale transformational change.

Awake at the Wheel: Moving Beyond Change Management to Conscious Change Leadership
This article provides a good overview of why change management is insufficient to lead transformational change, and introduces key foundations of conscious change leadership for successful organizational change.

Building Your Change Strategy: How to Ensure that Your Effort Is on the Right Track
Do you ever wonder, “Are we attending to all the necessary areas for successful organizational change?” This article outlines the ten key elements of an effective change strategy so you won’t overlook critical success factors.

Change Leadership: Minimizing the Chaos of Transformation
This article outlines four best practices to minimize chaos during transformational change and keep your change efforts from spinning out of control: 1) project integration, 2) timelines and change capacity, 3) human and organizational culture dynamics, and 4) real stakeholder engagement.

Designing Your Engagement Strategy
This highly pragmatic tool walks you through the critical steps for building an effective stakeholder engagement strategy. Also see the article, “Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities, Types, and Vehicles.”

Do Your Leaders Have the Mindset to Succeed at Transformation?
This article provides an excellent overview of why change leadership mindset is so critical, examples of the mindsets that limit change success, and why introspection is essential to delivering real transformation.

Driving Organizational Culture Change through Co-Creative Change Leadership
This article outlines how the mindset shift that places the interests of the whole enterprise above individual self-interest is a key driver of organizational culture change.

Ensuring Your Organization’s Capacity to Change
Learn effective ways to address the change capacity challenges you face when you unleash change on an organization that is already running at full throttle.

Get Real: Plan for the True Magnitude of Change
With their own capacity to change limitations, leaders often announce a major organizational change without fully thinking through what is really required to get it done. These five disciplines will help you and your leaders identify the true magnitude of organizational change that you face.

Getting Smart About Employee Resistance to Change, Part One
This article outlines what causes employee resistance, what resolves it, and how to work with it to maximize the results you achieve in your organizational change efforts. It provides insight about how to deal with the deep-seated resistance catalyzed by peoples’ core psychological issues, and how you can work with these substantial mental, emotional and behavioral forces to make your organizational change efforts more successful.

Getting Smart About Employee Resistance to Change, Part Two
Continuing from part one, this article expands the exploration into what causes employee resistance and how best to resolve it. Many organizational change efforts stall before the future state has been successfully implemented. These four tips will keep this from happening in the change efforts that you lead.

How Command and Control as a Change Leadership Style Causes Transformational Change Efforts to Fail
This is a thought-provoking article for leaders to evaluate how their style may be damaging their efforts to succeed at transformational change.

How to Increase Employee Commitment to Change
This article provides an invaluable tool for articulating what is driving your change so your employees can fully understand and commit to it.

Six Faulty Assumptions about Organizational Change Communications
All change managers know that the quality of change communications has a significant impact on organizational change results. This article de-mystifies change communications, outlines the mis-perceptions that most leaders make, and provides insights that deliver increased success.

Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities, Types, and Vehicles
This most popular article outlines the key opportunities for stakeholder engagement in any organizational change effort. It includes a framework for sorting through who to engage, in what activities, and in what ways. This information will make building your stakeholder engagement strategy far easier. Also see the article, “Designing Your Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.”

What is Transformation, and Why Is It So Hard to Manage?
This article outlines the three types of change and their implications on the workforce.

Why Leading Transformation Successfully Requires a Shift of Leadership Mindset
This article explains why transforming leadership mindset is a critical requirement of all successful transformational change efforts.


The Human Dynamics of Change Part 1: Turning Resistance into Commitment
In this webinar, Dean Anderson provides insight and methods for assisting employees to move out of resistance to full commitment to their organization’s change efforts. He explores core human need and how they “cause” resistance, and the emotional transitions people go through to move through resistance.

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The Human Dynamics of Change Part 2: Mindset and Other Invisible Causes of Success (and failure)
In this second part, Dean goes deeper into the underlying causes of resistance. He addresses mindset and culture, shows how awareness and mindfulness are the fundamental “cures” of resistance, and provides tips on how to assist stakeholders to become more mindful and release their resistance.

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Strategic Intelligence of Using a Common Change Methodology
In this part one, Linda Ackerman Anderson outlines the challenges, risks and problems that occur in organizations that use multiple approaches to change, and reveals the many benefits of using a common process methodology.

Savvy Strategies for Implementing a Common Change Methodology
In this second part, Linda describes eight key strategies that ensure your organization will get full benefit from using a common change process methodology.

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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