Quotes

Some thoughtful quotations on change

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)

“Many scientists now work with the concept of fields–invisible forces that occupy space and influence behavior. I have played with the notion that organizational vision and values act like fields, unseen but real forces that influence people’s behavior.”
Margaret Wheatley “Leadership and the New Science.”

“Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. We cross what I call a “divide.” Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself-its worldview; its basic values; its social and political structure; its art; its key institutions. Fifty years later, there is a new world. And the people born then cannot even imagine the world in which their grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born. We are currently living through just such a transformation.”
Peter Drucker – “Post-Capitalist Society” 1993

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, the people will say: we did it ourselves.”
Lao Tzu

“When I let go of who I am, I become who I might be.”
Lao Tzu

“Leadership is about coping with change. Doing what was done yesterday, or doing it 5% better, is no longer a formula for success. Major changes are more and more necessary to survive and compete effectively in this new environment. More change always demands more leadership.”
John P. Kotter, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School