Famous advice on Change Management


"Today's world is changing faster than ever before. Technological developments, financial scandals, globalization, restructuring and mergers, new ideas about management and government legislation are all putting pressure on organizations to change and to be agile. Yet the process of change is difficult, and implementing it successfully makes considerable demands on the managers involved. The economic climate, political trends, changes in consumer demands, management policy or structure, employment levels and financial resources - all these elements are constantly at play, understanding that organizations clinging on to static structures will ultimately lose out. On top of this, change is also a dynamic and even alarming thing. This page addresses how to manage change positively, so that employees give their support to innovation initiatives and the positive goals set are worked towards with enthusiasm..."

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The wisest advice on change management:



 It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things.

Machiavelli 1446-1507, Italian statesman and philosopher



Tell me and I`ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I`ll understand.

Chinese Proverb



Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1919, American writer and historian



Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

Arthur Schopenhauer 1788-1860, German philosopher and notorious pessimist



Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.

Charles Dickens 1812-1870, English novelist



The wittiest change management advice:



The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950, Irish playwright and critic


If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Giuseppe di Lampedusa 1896-1957, Italian writer in The Leopard



The real problem is what to do with problem solvers after the problem is solved.

Gay Talese 1932-, American (Italian-born) journalist



"Bury me on my face," said Diogenes; and when he was asked why, he replied, "Because in a little while everything will be turned upside down."

Diogenes 412BC-323BC, Greek philosopher



Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.

Peter F. Drucker 1909-, American management guru


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