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Book review: Change One Thing by Sue Hadfield


Change One Thing was an interesting book, with a good insight into why change was important. It was more of a self-help text than a training resource, and had a nice magazine style- very chatty and informal, with a few ‘sound-bite’ boxes. As a personal reader, I found it quite useful, particularly as I’ve just undergone a job change, and it provided some good explanations around the emotions I was feeling. As a trainer, I thought its use was limited – although the section on people who achieved success at an older age might be quite useful when training people who are resistant due to their age. I didn’t think that it was particularly revolutionary in its thinking – the theme of the ‘Motivation’ section seemed to be “If you want to make a change you should just do it now, because you might die tomorrow”, which didn’t make me feel particularly motivated! Saying that, the book contained some nice ideas and some interesting annecdotes about an emotive subject.
I would recommend it to anyone who is nervous about making a change, and would like a light read to put their mind at ease. It’s a very easy book to pick up and put down in between other tasks, and not particularly time consuming. If you are an experienced trainer, particularly someone who has delivered a lot around change, there won’t be a lot of new ideas in here for you, I’m afraid.  
Overall I’d give it 6 out of 10 – It’s in no way the best text on change out there, but it’s a nice, light self-help book with a couple of nice ideas.

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