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Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard is an insightful book that teaches people how to harness the power of the mind to effectively conquer the challenge of dealing with change.
Summary Of The Book
Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard is a book for all those times in life when change is inevitable and, worse, hard. Change is always hard to deal with. It brings with it a need to settle into a new rhythm, a new groove, and almost certainly requires one to leave their cozy comfort zone and venture out into a new territory, one where new things have to be learnt, and most likely through mistakes. And then comes the dreaded time when one feels like giving up.
Through Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard, the reader begins to realize that much of our focus is laid on the obstacles that come with change, rather than our goal. The authors Chip and Dan Heath strive to tackle this very aspect of resolving change. They argue, that to be able to switch to a new pattern of thinking, one needs to understand how the mind works.
The insightful ideas presented in the book are backed by both scientific facts and data and stories of transformation that have occurred in real life, such as the remarkable change in a company's finances and a turnaround in a couple's marriage. They demonstrate with ease that it only takes simple methods to create breakthrough results in our lives.
The Heath brothers have adopted a conversational style of writing in this book, making it an easy read.
About The Authors
Chip Heath is an author, speaker, and professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He has written books titled Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life And Work and Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.
Chip was a teacher at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business before becoming a professor at Stanford University. He teaches courses on organizations and business strategy. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, and he undertook a doctoral program in Psychology at Stanford. Chip's research has appeared in various newspapers, magazines, and journals, such as Journal of Consumer Behavior, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.
Dan Heath is an author, speaker, and Senior Fellow at Duke University's CASE Center.
Dan received a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He worked as a case writer and researcher for Harvard Business School, and co-founded Thinkwell, a publishing company. He also writes a column for the Fast Company magazine.