Words of Wisdom

Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.

— Peter Drucker

Ten years ago, Peter Senge introduced the idea of the ‘learning organization’ Now he says that for big companies to change, we need to stop thinking like mechanics and to start acting like gardeners.

 — Alan M. Webber, Learning for a Change

When we see the need for deep change, we usually see it as something that needs to take place in someone else. In our roles of authority, such as parent, teacher, or boss, we are particularly quick to direct others to change. Such directives often fail, and we respond to the resistance by increasing our efforts. The power struggle that follows seldom results in change or brings about excellence. One of the most important insights about the need to bring about deep change in others has to do with where deep change actually starts.

— Robert E. Quinn

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

— Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.

— Robert E. Quinn

Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have—and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.”

— James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, Flight of the Buffalo (1994)

The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades.”

— John P. Kotter, Leading Change

The nature and structure of belief systems is important from the perspective of an informational theorist because beliefs are thought to provide the cognitive foundation of an attitude. In order to change an attitude, then, it is presumably necessary to modify the information on which that attitude rests. It is generally necessary, therefore, to change a person’s beliefs, eliminate old beliefs or introduce new beliefs.

— Richard Petty and John Cacioppo, Attitudes & Persuasion

Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.

— Frances Hesselbein, The Key to Cultural Transformation, Leader to Leader (Spring 1999)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

— George Bernard Shaw

 

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