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Rapid Retooling

By  Antoine Gerschel, Lawrence Polsky

Rapid Retooling


Organizational and individual change is constant—it’s not a race to the finish line. Rapid Retooling explains that organizational change is a cyclical process, and shows readers how to constantly and rapidly adapt—or “retool”—themselves, their employees, and their organization business models to keep pace with technology and economic events. By implementing the strategies and tools presented in the book readers will forge a workplace culture that is flexible, resilient, and aware of events that affect its business. This awareness will allow for faster, more efficient, and more cost-effective change initiatives.

You will learn how to:

  • Build employees' business acumen, thereby increasing their ability to spot opportunities for driving revenue, as well as potential organizational threats. 
  • Create a culture that encourages innovation.
  • Link your organization's business goals to employees' personal goals, increasing their engagement with and dedication to their work.

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Antoine Gerschel

Before co-founding Teams of Distinction, Mr. Gerschel was the COO of a $17 million multi-media learning company in Europe and the Director of global leadership development and e-learning for Sanofi-Aventis Pharmacuetical. Mr. Gerschel speaks globally on a regular basis and is fluent in five languages. Fusing his diverse corporate career and international knowledge, Mr. Gerschel offers clients a unique expert’s take on raising the bar on their productivity. Since 2008 he has educated and inspired more than 30,000 leaders on five continents through his speeches, coaching, training, and books;

Lawrence Polsky

Mr. Polsky spent 20 years in OD & Learning, teaching more than 10,000 professionals worldwide before co-founding Teams of Distinction. With a Masters in Organization Development and a lifelong education in human behavior (beginning at the age of 9 at the kitchen table) Mr. Polsky has been a life-long student of human behavior in and out of the workplace and prides himself on bringing his kitchen table wisdom to boardroom roundtables.


With executive interviews and valuable research packed in seven succinct but comprehensive chapters, Rapid Retooling is the handbook that should be on every CEO’s and manager’s wish list!

Marshall Goldsmith
Most Influential Leadership Thinker in the World
Thinkers50 Award Winner (sponsored by Harvard Business Review)

An extremely relevant book for today’s business environment. You can either run with change or get run over by it. This book will prepare you to run with it, giving you the roadmap to successfully managing change.

Andrew Goodman
E*Trade Financial

Rapid Retooling hits the mark! This is best-practice sharing at its best. Along with engaging and memorable anecdotes, the practical tools make it easy to apply these “retooling” principles in your own organization.

Michael Nestor
VP and Head, Change Management

In today's complex and constantly changing organizations, executives need insights and strategies that work. Rapid Retooling provides just that with to-the-point information, case studies, tips, and how-to's.

Robert J. Marshak, PhD 
Scholar in Residence for Organization Development Programs, American University
Author of Covert Processes at Work: Managing the Five Hidden Dimensions of Organizational Change

Rapid Retooling is a thought-provoking, easy-to-read primer on how to successfully manage change in your organization. You’ll want to immediately share these tools and advice with your team—I did!

Steven D. Heller
Senior Vice President
Walker & Dunlop

The field of change management has been wonderfully enhanced by this contribution. This book is a must-have for those looking for a practical primer on rapid organizational change. It is filled with useful tools and insightful tips to overcome the challenges of retooling.

Todd D. Jick
Columbia Business School
Co-author of Managing Change and The Boundaryless Organization

Rapid Retooling is a business-focused, pragmatic handbook for transforming your organization. The cases from leading executives really bring the points home.

Philippe Goetschel
Bucky, Inc.

Rapid Retooling holds the answers for coping with the increasing pace of change today’s organizations must undergo. The authors help leaders consider their employees not as targets of change, but as stakeholders.

Bernard Al
Board Member
Sopheon, plc.

Rapid Retooling addresses the practical and strategic aspects of change, with success stories from a broad range of organizations. It should be read by anyone who acknowledges the human factors of change and wants to learn how to effectively lead others through it.

Arshad Ahmed
Knowledge Manager
Proxima Group

The latest book by Antoine Gerschel and Lawrence Polsky packages practical wisdom from change leaders into bite-sized nuggets, helping you steer your organization through continual change.

Abha Mehta
Independent Business Process Consultant and Change Professional
New Delhi, India


Book Details

ISBN: 9781562868642

Pages: 168

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: May 2013

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111309

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