Thursday, October 12, 2006

Combating Change

Everybody these days talks about "change" ...everything is changing, business methods are changing, the economy is changing.

Here's a winning philosophy to keep in mind when you decide to change things at work. It was first published in "Dun's Review" way back in 1957... but it is still as relevant as ever... alas, change never made changes!


  • Change is more acceptable when it is understood than when it is not.
  • Change is more acceptable when it does not threaten security than when it does.

  • Change is more acceptable whenthose affected have helped to create it than when it has been externally imposed.

  • Change is more acceptable when it results from an application of previously established impersonal principles than when it is dictated by personal order.

  • Change is more acceptable when it follows a series of successful changes than when it follows a series of of failures.

  • Change is more acceptable when it is inaugurated after prior change has been assimilated than when it is inaugurated during the confusion of other major change.

  • Change is more accepted if it had been planned than if it is experimental.

  • Change is more acceptable to people new on the job than to people old on the job.

  • Change is more acceptable to those who share benefits of change than those who do not.
  • Change is more acceptable if the organisation has been trained to plan for improvement than it is if the organisation is accustomed to static procedures.

"People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it"
Howard W. Newton

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