“Grasp the Situation” authors Glenn Varney (left) and James McFillen
EMERITI FACULTY WRITE BOOK TO HELP ORGANIZATIONS ‘GRASP THE SITUATION’
To correct a problem, any problem, something needs to change — but what? Most people would apply some sort of problem–solving method fix something even as basic as a broken faucet. They would analyze what is not working and decide how to proceed. They might even watch an Internet video on how to diagnose what's wrong and how to fix it.
However, when the problem is within an organization, leaders tend not to take this analytical approach, but instead jump in with a solution without conducting careful observation and diagnosis and then choosing the best remedy, according to Drs. Glenn Varney and James McFillen, both Bowling Green State University professors emeritus of management in the College of Business Administration. They fail to accurately “grasp the situation,” and the results are often disastrous.
“Grasp the Situation: Lessons Learned in Change Leadership,” a new book by Varney and McFillen, along with co–author Scott Janoch, who’s spent 35 years as a human resources executive and a consultant to various industries, brings the authors’ collective wisdom from years of teaching and practice to the issue of organizational change. They use real–life scenarios to illustrate what works and what does not.