Book Review: Switch

“For anything to change, someone has to start acting differently…Ultimately, all change efforts boil down to the same mission: Can you get people to start behaving in a new way?”

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Like most of the books that are worth reading, I find it almost impossible to write a “review” of this one. It’s already seeped so deeply into my brain and entrenched itself in my thinking that I’m claiming the ideas as my own and am left relying on my Kindle notes to pull the most interesting parts and proper accreditation. Of course, this is a pointless endeavor because every page of this book was the most interesting part and I basically just highlighted the entire thing.

So I’ll say this, if you have ever thought it would be great to fix the malnourishment problem in rural Vietnam, save an endangered species, protect your colleagues from an evil coworkers, or improve the government’s procurement process, then read this book. I haven’t read a ton of books about change and change management but I’m about 99% certain that this is the only one worth reading.

As an added bonus, the book is written by the Heath brothers who, literally, wrote the book on making ideas stick. Which means this isn’t a book you’ll read and forget. It will crawl into you until anytime someone describes a problem you find yourself thinking, “rider, elephant, or path?”