The folks behind Crucial Conversations and Influencer have released another one – Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success. I’ll admit, I’m inherently skeptical of any title that includes both the words “science” and success” in the same line. I brought that skepticism with me when I picked up the review copy sent to me by their publicist. Change Anything aims to tackle the problem of personal change, why is it so hard to break addictions or begin new habits.
To begin, the authors debunk a common myth of personal change – that it only requires willpower. Instead, they outline the hidden forces that often drive our behavior. This acknowledgement that environment influence behavior brings the book out of the mire of books like As a Man Thinketh or The Secret and into the realm of actual, researched science. The authors review several studies that add evidence to their claims about the six sources of influence.
It’s an interesting read, and the authors do a great job summarizing several interesting studies. However, I’m unconvinced there is much to this book for leaders. If you’re trying to lose 20 pounds or stop adding to your credit card debt, then this book is a useful resource. If you’re an organization leader, looking to outline a large-scale change initiative, then perhaps books such as Leading Change or the newer Switch would be more appropriate. You’ll have to decide whether Change Anything is right for you.