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Book Review: Change Proof: Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Build Long-term Resilience by Adam Markel

Adam Markel

Adam Markel has passionately explored and made us feel the adventure in his latest book ‘Change Proof, leveraging the power of uncertainty to build long-term resilience”. As rightly said by Marshall Goldsmith the New York Times #1 best-selling author of Triggers, Mojo, and what got you here won’t get you there; ‘build resiliency in yourself, your relationships, and your business. 

Adam took upon the sequel to his previous one entitled ‘Pivot’, which itself was a great literary contribution in its space. Adam eyeing on uncertainties that combine unexpected-unknown-unknowns, has been able to brilliantly portray the need to be resilience that supercharge one’s life and career. Let us accept the world we are living in is replete with chaos. Only the ones with a knack to differentiate in the turbulent times will be able to see unlimited opportunities. These chaos-like situations are weak signals, triggers and act as an endowment to these supercharged individuals, who are intrinsically charged to be an inspiration.

Adam in ‘Change Proof’ steers the state of mind to manage change actively while embracing every step of uncertainty. In the current times case study as an exploratory method to demonstrate the posit is fast catching up and so has Markel chosen to do so, by capturing the real-vs-actual scenario. The author has candidly built his posit using his extensive field experience in capturing and demonstrating the power of belief. In order to cement this, he has illuminated the readers by bringing insights in the following four parts. 

  1. Choose change before it chooses you
  2. Becoming change proof
  3. Change -Proof hardware
  4. Change -Proof Software

Adam has intellectually chosen subtopics to debate and address areas like the life guard lessons, markers of resilience, the myth of balance, resilient organisations, recovery vs burnout, disputing irrational beliefs, are you emotionally agile, calm is contagious , the mystery of death and change proof culture. These are some topics randomly picked to illustrate the diversity that Markel has penned. Subsequently, chapter seven on Harmony brings a clear extension of an Indian proverb describing a house with four rooms, a physical, mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us occupy only one room but unless one visits each of the four rooms to keep it aired, the complete personality is missing. Perfect!.   

With a combination of mindset and recalibration Change Proof will aid anyone on resilience taking forward to future with complete confidence. Just grab this text and begin yours! Change!

Change Proof: Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Build Long-term Resilience by Adam Markel

Written by Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Joshi.
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Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Joshi
Dr. Manoj Joshi, is co-Author of "The VUCA Company”, “The VUCA Learner” and "VUCA in Start-ups". He is a Chartered Engineer and currently a Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Director, Centre for VUCA Studies, Amity University. He is the Regional Editor India, JFBM; IJSBA and an editorial board member for journals like APJM, JSBM, BSE, JEEE, WRMSED etc. His consulting includes VUCA strategy, travelled extensively with over 30 years of experience in areas of Screw pumps Design, Heat Exchangers, Loading Arms, consulting, research and teaching. He has a deep interest in dark matter, dark energy, astral travel, travelling to woods and life after death.

Dr. Manoj Joshi is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. You can follow him on LinkedIn.