Wednesday, June 30, 2010

On Change

"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator" - Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

"Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

"Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal" - Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad" - C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
"Change before you have to" - Jack Welch (1935)
“Surround yourself with people who are open to change. If you are always in the company of cynics, you will soon find yourself becoming like them. A cynic knows all the reasons why something cannot be done. Instead, spend time with people who have a "can-do" approach" - Azim Premji (1945)

For about 400 years its been agreed that change management is a good idea ... so what's new then, except the same old resistance?

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