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Tirawa Consulting is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge in the field of organizational development. We are constantly researching the latest ideas and concepts designed to help business leaders develop a competitive advantage by maximizing the investment in their people.

Since your time is precious, take advantage of research and experience. Below is a list of books that you should consider essential. Some of these books are timeless classics while others reflect the latest thinking on human performance. We consider all of them "must reads" and guarantee they will change the way you approach running your organization.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back frequently as we will continuously update our recommendations. Also be sure to check out our quarterly book review that provides you with some of the latest thinking in organizational development. Happy Reading!

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Champions of Change : How CEOs and Their Companies Are Mastering the Skills of Radical Change
by David A. Nadler

Classic text by modern day change management "guru" David Nadler on how to drive major, discontinuous change through an organization. Nadler provides a systemic approach to managing change and shares his experiences working with some of the world's largest organizations (e.g., Xerox). 


Liberating the Corporate Soul : Building a Visionary Organization
by Richard Barrett

Barrett presents a process blueprint for building a visionary organization with a values-driven approach. This book provides leaders with the tools they need to develop, implement, and monitor a values-driven corporate culture.

Clicks and Mortar
by David Pottruck & Terry Pearce

Pottruck and Pearce describe the critical components for building a successful company in the age of e-commerce. According to the authors, your focus should be on building and driving the following: Culture at the Core, Leadership Practices, and Management Practices

Built to Last
by James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras

Built to Last identifies 18 "visionary" companies and sets out to determine what's special about them. This is classic research that shows the power of organizational culture.

Evolve! : Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow
 by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Kanter shares the secrets of growing a thriving e-business. She highlights: a willingness to improvise, a desire to network aggressively with other sites, a readiness to create "integrated communities," and a commitment to creating a workplace culture that attracts and retains the best talent.

Tyranny of the Bottom Line : Why Corporations Make Good People Do Bad Things
by Ralph W. Estes

A well-researched shocker that will make most readers re-think the mission of the nation's corporate powers. It makes a strong plea for accountability but also equips the stakeholders to demand more by arming them with potent information.

The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America
by Robert Levering, Milton Moskowitz

The authors summarize the results of thousands of employee interviews to come up with a roster of firms where people are happy to work. After profiling each company and rating it in six categories, the authors single out ten of the 100 as being the best of the best.

Corporate Culture and Performance
by John P. Kotter, James L. Heskett

John Kotter and James Heskett provide the first comprehensive critical analysis of how the "culture" of a corporation powerfully influences its economic performance, for better or for worse.

The Soul at Work : Listen...Respond...Let Go : Embracing Complexity Science for Business Success
By Roger Lewin & Birute Regine

The Soul at Work is an excellent resource for businesses and individuals interested in succeeding by getting the best out of people.

Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization
By Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles

Blanchard and Bowles reveal the secret of Gung Ho--a revolutionary technique to boost enthusiasm and performance and usher in astonishing results for any organization. learn the three principles of Gung Ho: The Spirit of the Squirrel, The Way of the Beaver, and The Gift of the Goose.

Leading Change
By John Kotter

Kotter's discusses that strategies for change often fail in corporations because the changes do not alter behavior. He identifies the most common mistakes in effecting change and offers eight steps to overcoming obstacles.

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