Build a New Model that Makes the Existing Model Obsolete

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller October 20, 2015

I am indebted to one of the people I trained in change management execution who brought this quote to my attention.  I was deeply moved when she told me that this quote describes the type of change management she was learning from me and she wanted to discuss this more explicitly.  Her comments helped me think out loud about the underpinnings of organizations that thrive in change; these places understand fully that organizations change when the people in them change by being motivated to change. What is one of the best ways to create this scenario? Involving people at every level in the change as early as possible and on an on-going basis. Proceeding this way creates a change dynamic that invites people to the table by power of attraction rather than through power of force. This type of change methodology has the added benefit of generating all kinds of new and innovative ideas from every level throughout the organization. The result is a naturally arising structural alignment and integration because the process is the solution. For a validated example of this type of change in action see  Leading for a Highly Positive Change Experience

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