Cumberland University


Britt to Discuss New Book on Organizational Change

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Cumberland University will welcome alumnus John Britt's return to campus, as the organizational development and healthcare management expert discusses his new book, "Who Killed Change?: Solving the Mystery of Leading People Through Change."

Ken Blanchard, the well-known author of "The One Minute Manager," "High Five," Raving Fans" and a host of other management and leadership books, served as co-author for "Who Killed Change?"

Britt describes the book as a business parable and a murder mystery. In the book, Change is found murdered at the ACME organization. The detective who investigates the murder spends the duration of the book interviewing the key suspects -- Vision, Urgency, Budget, Sponsorship, Communication and others. Ultimately, the detective uncovers the mystery behind Change's demise.

According to Britt, up to 70 percent of organizational changes fail. He noted the new book, slated for a May 2009 release, is designed as a fun way to help organizations "prevent a Change homicide." Dr. Paul C. Stumb, dean of the Labry School of Business & Technology at CU, said plans call for the book to be integrated into his school's organizational behavior classes.

A 1982 graduate of Cumberland University, Britt has more than 20 years' experience in the healthcare industry. He holds a master's degree in organizational management from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a registered nurse with management and organizational development experience in multiple environments, including hospitals, acute rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities. Britt is a partner at Mountjoy and Bressler LLP and has consulted to more than 300 hospitals over the past eight years. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in Louisville, Ky. His daughter, Katherine, is a student at Western Kentucky University, and his son, Jonathan, is a student at the University of Louisville.

Britt's lecture will be held on Feb. 26 from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. in Labry Hall on the campus of Cumberland University. The event is free and open to the public.