If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Change, no matter what scale it is on, can be a source of stress and anxiety for many. However, it’s common for change management practitioners to view resistance to change as an irrational barrier to progress. Another school of thought is that resistance to change is a social process that can strengthen changes and help to eliminate undesirable change.
If you’re doing things the way you always have, you know by now that someone, somewhere is figuring out how to make you obsolete
The fact remains that change is necessary in all organizations. But, it is the way change is initiated which can so greatly vary. It can be forced upon companies by outside forces or just come from a realization that the company may be falling behind the times. In this way, change management might be quite beneficial to an organization. Organizations that have learned how to transform themselves through effective leadership and strategic control are more likely to survive and prosper. The dilemma is that most people hate change and love it at the same time and what they really want is for things to remain the same but get better.


The following thought-provoking quotes relate to change management including resistance to change, acceptance and change strategy.


  1. “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.” — Niccolo Machiavelli
  2. “Change has its enemies.” — Robert Kennedy
  3. “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.” — Harold Wilson
  4. “Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” — Samuel Johnson
  5. “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” — Charles Kettering
  6. “Event management is the same as for any project, the project plan needs to include an appropriate change control process.” — Brenda Treasure
  7. “It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.” — Alvin Toffler
  8. “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things.” — Machiavelli
  9. “The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” — H. G. Wells
  10. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw
  11. “Paralyze resistance with persistence.” — Woody Hayes
  12. “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
  13. “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic – Peter Drucker
  14. “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
  15. “Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business.” — Mark Sanborn
  16. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” — Woodrow Wilson

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