Red, White and Radical: What Organisations Can Learn About Change from the Rise of American Conservatism

1st Edition

Warrick Harniess

Routledge
May 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367149710 - CAT# K413208

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Summary

Red, White and Radical explores how and why America has become so conservative since World War II. In the process, it offers lessons that professional leaders, regardless of their political stance, should heed if they want their organisational change plans to succeed.

Over the past 70 years, a motley crew of suburban activists, libertarian businessmen, and political opportunists have radically changed America and its national values. The rise of American conservatism is the greatest modern example of cultural change in the Western world. How did they do it – and what can we learn from this? Red, White and Radical is a manual for organisational change. It tells nine stories from American cultural, political and business history that illuminate how conservatives have pioneered change. From these stories, it extracts a change management lesson for professional leaders and explains how to apply that lesson in the workplace.

These nine lessons are organised into a clear change framework:

  1. Understanding and motivating people
  2. Communicating with emotion and authenticity
  3. Building teams and networks that can deliver lasting change

Along the way you’ll also learn:

  • How Marlboro became the world’s biggest cigarette brand
  • Why conservatives love Ronald Reagan but despise Richard Nixon
  • The origins of the social media echo chamber
  • How Silicon Valley learned to lobby
  • The secrets of Donald Trump’s populist X Factor

Red, White and Radical is not for the faint of heart. If you’re a passionate business leader who relishes the challenge of delivering true organisational change for the better, then this book is for you.

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