Monday, July 30, 2012

Note to self: Rules of thumb for change agents

I was looking through some old lecture notes (2008) and I found these notes, a sort of “rule of thumb for change agents.” I’ll spend the week walking around it, kicking the tires, reflecting on how they sit in my current context.

But for the record, I’ll also post it here.

• Stay alive – care for yourself and keep a life
• Start where the system is – empathy for the group and the people
• Look for green zones – places of promise
• Innovation is as simple as a good idea, initiative and a few friends – work with the willing
• Celebrate well – build in lots of success milestones
• Light many fires – utilise the complexity of any group by seeking movement in as many places as possible
• Keep optimistic – with a focus on the better future

“Rules of thumb for change agents”, a chapter by Shepard in Organization Development Classics, 1997.)

Posted by steve at 10:36 AM


  1. Thanks Steve… a very timely post, as we seem to be undergoing constant change in my work place. Hope you don’t mind: I have forwarded them to the relevant ‘change agents’ here.

    Comment by jan — August 1, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  2. Glad that it’s of use Jan 🙂


    Comment by steve — August 1, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

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