Many of you know that I am an avid (some might say obsessed) reader, and I always love the opportunity to meet the authors of books I am reading.
Meet Cheryl Duvall, author of the just released book, Change is on the Wind: Managing Change for a New Landscape, who stopped by our new offices and signed my book.
Cheryl and her husband, Dudley Whitney, led the design and change leadership process we used for our new, open, collaborative offices as we make the “shift change” at MACPA / BLI. She got to see the result of her work and our change process in our move to a smaller-footprint open space.
Cheryl’s book offers us a fable of an animal kingdom forced to move into a much smaller space where cooperation and collaboration will be critical to their future survival. The animals come to life representing many familiar personalities we all find in our organizations today. The kingdom is ruled by the lion king who resists the old command-and-control leadership style for a more collaborative and empowering model with the help of his three provincial leaders – the badger, ostrich and kangaroo. The story unfolds as the team identifies the four critical cultural challenges they will face with the pending move: