Department of Educational Administration


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2010 Pro>Active Publications


Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 8, No.2-April 2010 ISSN: 1541-6224


Michael Fullan's Motion Leadership-The Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy provides what he describes as the skinny or the "core unobscured essence of the matter" (p. 2) on how to move individuals and organizations through the process of change. The book is designed as a precursor to an online series of experiences called Motion Leadership the Movie-a product that will provide footage and interactive tools to help a leader with system improvement. The intent of the book is to increase readers' knowledge and insight about change in an efficient and succinct manner. Fullan provides basic insights and ideas about becoming a change savvy leader.

Fullan introduces readers to what he believes is the single underlying challenge to all change, inertia. He notes, "Change problems come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common-they are mired in inertia" (p. 9). The book provides readers with insights on how leaders can address the state of inertia and through whole-system reform create large amounts of positive motion in an improved direction (aka motion leadership). Fullan emphasizes that motion leadership is different-it is about getting inside of movement and providing the reader with the essence of how to make complex change simpler and more powerful. Fullan states, "The skinny is about "simplexity"-finding the smallest number of high-leverage, easy-to-understand actions that unleash stunning powerful consequences" (p.16). Motion Leadership provides readers with the skinny on how leaders can target inertia and set large-scale positive change in motion.