Change Management

15 Quotes to Make Change Management More Manageable

Change breeds uncertainty. Humans, as habitual creatures, want certainty.

We rarely get it, but the yearning for certainty is hard-wired. In the workplace, change management (or even change instigation) is doubly difficult.

Chip and Dan Heath, in their bestseller, ” Switch,” offer a three-part framework to make changing behavior more simple for managers and less scary for employees. Take a look at Callibrain’s video review of Switch by the Heath Brothers.

The three parts – Direct the Rider (a person’s rational side), 2) Motivate the Elephant (a person’s emotional side), and 3) Shape the Path (the situation, or environment, a person is in) – combine for  real-world impact that the authors share.  “Switch” is an inspirational guide and inspired us to investigate what other leaders have said about change.

Here are 15 of our favorites:

1. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
–Winston Churchill


2. In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
–J. Paul Getty


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If making organization change were as easy as flipping a switch, we wouldn’t need books and guides to help us.

3. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
–Wayne Dyer


4. If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.
–Peter Drucker


5. You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.
–Denis Waitley


6. If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.
–Mary Douglas


7. There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.


8. The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.
–Rupert Murdoch


9. Change before you have to.
–Jack Welch


10. He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
–Harold Wilson


11. I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
–Georg C. Lichtenberg


12. Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
–Robert Kennedy


13. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
–Maya Angelou


14. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
–Mahatma Gandhi


15. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
–Alan Watts

If change were as easy as flipping a light switch, we’d have far fewer songs, poems, works of art and books about how painful it can be. Or quotes.

Which is your favorite? What would you add to our list?


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