Quotes about Change Management

"Remember: it is 10 times harder to command the ear than to catch the eye."

Duncan Maxwell Anderson (-)


"It is generally much easier to kill an organization than change it substantially."

Kevin Kelly (-) from: "Out of Control"


"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."

Bruce Lee (27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter. He is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, and a cultural icon.


"In a time of drastic change it is the learned who inherit the future. The learned usually find themsleves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists."

Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan.


"Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of none existent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict."

Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing.


"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better."

King Whitney Jr. (-) writes about change


"The person who proposes change is going to have the most energy and ideas, the best appreciation of what is needed to actually carry out the project."

Luciano Benetton (born 13 May 1935) has served as chairman of the Benetton Group since its inception. He is also on the board of directors of Edizione srl. In recent years, he has reduced involvement in day-to-day operations. From 1992 to 1994, he was a Senator of the Italian Republic for the Partito Repubblicano Italiano.


"The graveyard of business is littered with companies that failed to recognize the need to change."

Unknown [Help Us] (-)


"A new factor, that of rapid change, has come into the world: we have not yet learned how to adjust ourselves to its economic and social consequences."

Wallace B. Dohham (-) Harvard Business Review 1932


"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and praising there is no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof."

John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006) was a Canadian-American economist. He was a Keynesian and an institutionalist, a leading proponent of 20th-century political liberalism.