Today is my stop on the Change Leadershipblog tour and I am here today with an interview with the author!
Title: Change Leadership Author: Bill Mann Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 21st April 2020 Format: Paperback Source:: N/A Add It:Waterstones. Goodreads. Summary:80% of change projects fail. It’s a staggering amount. The most common reason is a reluctance to change by the people involved. It’s not surprising really: people make up a business and it’s those same people who must accept and adapt to change. The difference between change management and change leadership is making the connection between organisational change and the human impact on all involved. This book will show you how to lead change, not just manage it. Bill Mann, founder of The Keep Calm Guy, has learnt the hard way about change. After a long career delivering change projects for many businesses it was his personal experiences of coping with the trauma of a suicide bomb attack, and losing his wife to cancer, that taught him how to find a path through change that other people will follow. www.thekeepcalmguy.co.uk
How long did it take you to write your book? It took about 6 months to write, I had a lot of source material from my previous book (How to Keep Calm and Carry On) which is about navigating change on a personal level and didn’t think it would take as long. But once I began writing I realised there was many new areas that I needed to explore when it comes to leading other people through change.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? I usually write during the day and just have a bottle of water with me. When I have finished writing that is another matter and that is usually a G&T!
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? Like many writers I am easily distracted so I have to force myself to put the phone down, close email, and focus. My worst habit is probably trying to do too much at one go and finish writing for the sake of it. As soon as I realise I am compromising my writing I stop and pack up for the day.
How would you entice people to read your book? An oft quoted statistic is that 70% of change ‘projects’ fail. The single most common reason is resistance from the people affected – obvious really. If they don’t buy in to it, they aren’t going to change. This book explains how to minimise this if not avoid it completely.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? I was trying to think of something profound, but I think it would have to be Hundred Acre Wood. There is a lot to be learnt from the philosophy of Pooh and his friends encompass every personality type. It seems such a calm place to live, and I do like calm!
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? Can I have Jake and Elwood Blues? Great music and never a dull moment.
About the Author
Bill Mann is lucky to be alive. Just before 9am on July 7, 2005, he stepped on to the second carriage of a six-car Circle Line train at London’s Edgware Road. The train left platform four towards Paddington and seconds later a bomb, hidden inside a backpack, exploded, sending a fireball through the carriage.
Bill was sent flying across the carriage, as soot, smoke and embers hit the back of his throat. There were bodies strewn across the carriage and rail tracks as the screaming began. Bill sat comforting a woman with a serious head injury as panic swept through the tunnel. In total, 52 people died that day in coordinated attacks across the London transport network, including six in carriage two at Edgware Road.
A few years later, still recovering from the aftermath of the bomb, his world was rocked again when he lost his wife to cancer, devastating both him and his young family.
These two body blows would have destroyed many people, not Bill. After a successful career in the Financial Services industry for organisations such as Visa, he successfully built a new life for himself and his family, starting not one but two businesses and building a significant property portfolio. He is a best-selling author and life mentor, helping others not just cope with change but to really embrace it.
In his first book How to Keep Calm and Carry On, Bill Mann took us on a revealing journey of self-discovery as he battled to recover from the horrors of 7/7 and the subsequent death of his wife through cancer a few years later. He revealed how he overcame these two monumental changes and explained the techniques, thought process, and methodology we can all use to deal with change in our lives. How to keep calm and carry on.
In his latest book, Change Leadership, Bill makes the connection between organisational change and the personal change journey. The missing link that causes so many change projects to fail. At a time when the world is changing drastically the need for change leadership, and this insight has never been greater.
An established thought leader on personal and professional change, Bill now works with individuals and organisations helping them overcome challenges and adapt to change. His mentoring and support of professionals and teams is instrumental in their success.
He now lives in Essex, England, with his wife, five children, crazy dog, and various visiting friends and relatives. He is seriously considering getting a revolving door fitted to his house!