Change from the Bottom up LO5398

Virginia I. Shafer (
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 12:48:20 -0700

Replying to LO5363 --

Replying to LO5336 -- Julie Beeden's post, Tobin writes:

>I would suggest that it might be the people who change last for the most
>part, and the system--which is much larger than any one organization in
>it--that is busy transitioning to new states before we are even aware of

But that's only because we are capable of using our brains to resist
change. You see, change is the natural state.

>One alternative which is also attractive to me is to do all of these
>things at once--start at the bottom, middle, top, outside, _and_
>everywhere as well. This has the advantage of giving everyone a chance to
>take a part of the action and come up with some results. Hopefully by
>working at all of the edges (a la Uri Merry, Mike McMaster, Doug Seeley,
>etc.) we will begin to precipitate the essential changes that need to
>occur so that we can find them by their results.

If you were to institute your approach, I can just about guarantee people
will accuse you of producing chaos, which of course you would be (sort
of). Actually, you'd be enabling a more natural state. The control freaks
would just die!


Ginger Shafer
The Leadership Dimension
"Bringing Leadership to Life"
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