Book Summary: “Change or Die” by Alan Deutschman. Subtitled The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life, the book asks the question. Change or Die. What if you were given that choice? If you didn’t, your time would end soon—a lot sooner than it had to. Could you change when change matter. In this excerpt from the introduction to his new book, Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life, Alan Deutschman.
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What if you were given that choice? We’re talking actual life and death now. Your own life and death. What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think, feel, and act? If you didn’t, your time would end soon—a lot sooner than it had to. Could you change when change mattered most? Deutschman concludes that although we all have the ability to change our behavior, we rarely ever do.
In fact, the odds are nine to one that, when faced with the dire need to change, we won’t. From patients suffering from heart disease to repeat offenders in the criminal justice system to companies trapped in the mold of unsuccessful business practices, many of us could prevent ominous outcomes by simply changing our mindset.
A powerful book with universal appeal, Change or Die deconstructs and debunks age-old myths about change and empowers us with three critical keys—relate, repeat, and reframe—to help us make important positive changes in our lives. Explaining breakthrough research and progressive ideas from a wide selection of leaders in medicine, science, and business including Dr. Change or Die is not about merely reorganizing or restructuring priorities; it’s about challenging, inspiring, and helping all of us to make the dramatic transformations necessary in any aspect of life—changes that are positive, attainable, and absolutely vital.
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To ask other readers questions about Change or Dieplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 18, Annette rated it really liked it Recommended to Annette by: My husband took a LEAN class over the summer and his instructor recommended this book. He really likes it a lot and he says he does use this information at work. I changee to read it actually I listened to the audio version because I find the study of change fascinating.
The main point of the book is: These usually don’t work at least not for the long term. He suggests that what deutsxhman work are the t My husband took a LEAN class over the summer and his instructor recommended this book. He suggests that what does work are the three R’s: He uses a lot of examples, including heart chanbe, hardened criminals, alcoholics and businesses as well as a couple of personal stories.
Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life
What I like most about his approach is his emphasis on hope. You can’t inspire yourself or anyone else to change if you focus on the negative results of what happens to you if you don’t, it’s so much better to focus on how wonderful your life will be when you do make the necessary changes.
Deutschman does an excellent job of destroying the theory that change is impossible and that people who are entrenched in their bad habits can’t change their behavior. Jul 26, Ted Trembinski rated it it was ok Shelves: This book confronts a simple human obstacle: Unlike many of the other books I’ve recently read, this book seems to cherry pick it’s examples and theories to reinforce and strengthen Deutschman’s own thoughts about change.
The book is split into two sections. The first section is Deutschman applying his three “keys to change” to three separate populations; heart patients, criminals at a special rehabilitation home in California, and disgruntled factory workers deutscnman aft This book confronts a simple human obstacle: The first section is Deutschman applying his three “keys to change” to three separate populations; heart patients, criminals at a special rehabilitation home in California, and disgruntled factory workers shortly after the assembly line had been implemented in the automotive industry.
This section of the book is most interesting to me, but leaves me pretty unsatisfied. While the three keys to change are spilled out and applied to all three case studies, they’re used in different orders, not in the same way in all examples, and some seem to have different amounts of weight attached to them. Deutschman also reveals several elementary psychology concepts, mainly which apply to a persons inability to change.
The second half of the book is all about the reader applying these factors of change to deuttschman, loved ones, his company, and his culture. This is where the book falls apart in my opinion. It gets too generic, and too wish-y wash-y, with no real plan of action for the reader. Did I take anything about of this book?
Yes – change is possible at any point at life. Change can happen to anyone under the right circumstances. Was that clearly and directly written? If you’re interested in this book, I’d just skim through the first section. The psych concepts are interesting and worth thinking about, but not necessarily in they way it’s pieced together and presented here. Try to find a alab specific piece of literature to what you’re trying to achieve, and I think you’ll do a chajge better.
Nov 06, Cara rated it it was ok. This book brings up a couple of interesting questions.
The one that is most interesting is this: You’d think the possibility of DYING would be enough to get people to improve their diets or stop doing drugs or participating in dangerous activities, but it clearly isn’t. The author suggests that negative reinforcements are not as powerful as positive reinforcements, which may be true, but This book brings up a couple of interesting questions.
The author suggests that negative reinforcements are not as powerful as positive reinforcements, which may be true, but unfortunately he doesn’t really delve deep enough into the issue to come to any satisfying conclusion.
The whole book is pretty light, mostly anecdotal, and the concluding chapter where the author cites Andrew Weil and says that all psychoactive drugs, from antidepressants to LSD, operate entirely on the placebo effect pretty much ruins his credibility. Oct 25, Sylia rated it liked it. The book, while interesting, wasn’t very instructive.
Deutschman outlines his three key points for change, and spends the entire book bringing in real-life examples of how they have been applied. He doesn’t really go into too much detail about the psychology of change, or realistic examples of how one can change the smaller things in one’s life.
For example, chapter on “Changing a Loved One” just summarized Bill Gates’ relationship with his mother, and really failed to give any practical advice The book, while interesting, wasn’t very instructive. For example, chapter on “Changing a Loved One” just summarized Bill Gates’ relationship with his mother, and really failed to give any practical advice on applying it to your OWN life.
But as I said in the very first sentence, it was a pretty interesting read. Nov 05, Libby Gill rated it really liked it. One of my all-time favorite non-fiction books – Alan Deustchman’s “Change or Die” – poses a question as compelling as any you’re ever likely to hear. If you had to change your beliefs and behaviors or risk premature death, could you do it?
You may think so, but the well-documented scientific research is betting against you. Nine to one against you, in fact. But there’s hope as Deutschman details in this page-turner. Experts in a variety of fields including healthcare, criminal rehabilitation, an One of my all-time favorite non-fiction books – Alan Deustchman’s “Change or Die” – poses a question as compelling as any you’re ever likely to hear.
Experts in a variety of fields including healthcare, criminal rehabilitation, and advertising have all inspired meaningful and lasting change in others.
Read Change or Die and discover the fascinating commonalities of these inspiring leaders. Jun 04, Kevin rated it really liked it.
He starts with the arresting premise that, even if faced with the stark choice of changing or dying, many people would slack off.
A Hope for Change: Alan Deutschman on Change or Die • Six Seconds
Instead, he offers three factors for genuine change and case studies illustrating these lessons. Part of the trouble is, as we get older we increasingly do not like to look foolish or bumbling in trying to learn a new skill. Kids are less self-conscious that way.
Dec 28, Nick rated it really deutscmhan it. Another ‘barticle’ — an article that mushroomed into a book. The idea here is that you can change things you want to, like bad habits, or obesity or whatever, by doing three things: One is tempted to say that this tripartite solution merely defines change rather than making deurschman possible by revealing deep secrets, but that’s carping.
If you do these three things, you can change the toughes Another ‘barticle’ — an article that mushroomed into a book. If you do these three things, you can change the toughest of bad habits.
If you change, in other words, you’ll change. Jan 28, Paula rated it changf it. This book was compelling, but I’d have liked it better if there had been fewer lengthy examples of groups and companies that had effected change and more concrete examples cyange individuals who had effected and maintained change in their lives.
It’s well worth reading though.
Oct 27, Chase rated it it was ok. I latched on to curious ideas, Googled phrases related to them, chose whatever sources either fully backed up, or could be twisted in order to back up, my “original” idea, and fleshed out enough semi-relevant, yet rarely coherent rambling to fulfill the required word count.
Then I grew up a little bit. Not that I started writing better papers as much as I stopped writing bad ones. Still working on that.