Books by Louis Carter


Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change: How the Best Companies Ensure Meaningful Change and Sustainable Leadership

by Louis Carter  (Author), Best Practice Institute (Author), David Ulrich  (Editor), Marshall Goldsmith  (Editor)

In this important book, successful organizations—including well-known companies such as Agilent Technologies, Corning, GE Capital, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, MIT, Motorola, and Praxair—share their most effective approaches, tools, and specific methods for leadership development and organizational change. These exemplary organizations serve as models for leadership development and organizational change because they

  • Commit to organizational objectives and culture
  • Transform behaviors, cultures, and perceptions
  • Implement competency or organization effectiveness models
  • Exhibit strong top management leadership support and passion

"The definitive how-to manual for implementing organization change based on some of the best ideas out there in a variety of industries."
--Susan B. Frampton, president, Planetree

"I’ve been waiting for this book. It’s the single best guide to best practices of leadership development."
--Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California, and author, On Becoming a Leader and Geeks and Geezers

"Finally, the organization’s bottom line and the individual’s well being . . .now that’s new and important for the new economy. Open this Best Practices book to any page and you can start implementing the practical and caring approaches, getting results while staying balanced."
--Dan Bishop, executive director,

"As a professional and graduate student (EMBA, 2004), I found the cases in the book to be very useful in relating theoretical concepts to the real world. Anyone interested in furthering a company’s success should read this book!"
--Kishen Kavikondala, Tower Automotive

"This book is a virtual encyclopedia of practical case studies, tools, and insights on how top companies achieve lasting results-driven leadership development and organizational change. It’s well organized for quick reference and also well researched for in-depth study."
--Donna B. McNamara, vice president, Global Education and Training, Colgate-Palmolive Company



The Change Champion's Field Guide: Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization

by Louis Carter  (Editor), Roland L. Sullivan (Editor), Marshall Goldsmith (Editor), Dave Ulrich (Editor), Norm Smallwood (Editor), Warner Burke (Foreword)

Nearly a decade later, leading change pioneers in the field have realigned to bring you the second edition of the Change Champion's Fieldguide.
This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Change Champion's Field Guide is filled with the information, tools, and strategies needed to implement a best practice change or leadership development initiative where everyone wins. In forty-five chapters, the guide's contributors, widely acknowledged as the "change champions" and leaders in the fields of organizational change and leadership development, explore the competencies and practices that define an effective change leader. Change Champions such as Harrison Owen, Edgar Schein, Marv Weisbord, Sandra Janoff, Mary Eggers, William Rothwell, Dave Ulrich, Marshall Goldsmith, Judith Katz, Peter Koestenbaum, Dick Axelrod, David Cooperrider, and scores of others provide their sage advice, practical applications, and examples of change methods that work.
Change Champion's Field Guide examines the topic of leadership and change within four main topics including:

  • Key elements of leading successful and results-driven change
  • Tools, models, instruments, and strategies for leading change
  • Critical success and failure factors
  • Trends and research on innovation, change, and leadership
  • Guidelines on how to design, implement, and evaluate change and leadership initiatives
  • Fresh case studies that highlight leading companies who are implementing successful change in innovative and inspired ways.

"Written by founders in the field, this new edition is easily one of the best and most practical resources for implementing individual, team, and organizational change. Both internal and external change agents should adopt the sage advice in this book and champion change!"

"Essential tools for change agents … both business leaders and human resources professionals." -- Sandy Ogg, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Unilever BestFoods, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

"Highly recommended! This step-by-step manual provides a roadmap of best practices in a clear and accessible format." -- Sally Helgesen, Author of The Female Advantage, The Web of Inclusion and Thriving in 24/7.

A treasure trove of case studies, models and tools which leaders can apply and learn from in a practical way. -- Bob Weigand, Director, Management Training & Development, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network

Machiavelli once said, 'Change has no constituency.' [This book] will help change agents develop and enroll all manner of constituencies. -- Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, USC, and co–author of Geeks and Geezers and On Becoming a Leader

Will become one of the most quoted, referenced, and used business books in the first decade of the 2000's. -- Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business, Director, Center for Global Leadership, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College


Best Practices in Talent Management: How the World's Leading Corporations Manage, Develop, and Retain Top Talent

by Marshall Goldsmith  (Author), Louis Carter  (Author), The Best Practice Institute (Author)

The purpose of this best practices handbook is to provide you with the most current and necessary elements and practical “how-to” advice on how to implement a best practice talent management program within your organization. The handbook was created to provide you with a current 21st century snapshot of the world of talent management today. It serves as a learning ground for organization and social systems of all sizes and types to begin attracting, retaining, and motivating top talent through more employee- and customer-centered programs that emphasize consensus building; self-, group, organizational, and one-on-one awareness and effective communication; clear connections to overall business objectives; and quantifiable business results.


"This book includes the most up-to-date thinking, tools, models, instruments and case studies necessary to identify, lead, and manage talent within your organization and with a focus on results. It provides it all—from thought leadership to real-world practice."

"This is a must read for organization leaders and HR practitioners who cope with the today's most critical business challenge—talent management. This book provides a vast amount of thought provoking ideals, tools, and models, for building and implementing talent management strategies. I highly recommend it!"