Quotes about Change Management

"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory."

William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant. He is perhaps best known for his work in Japan. There, from 1950 onward he taught top management how to improve design (and thus service), product quality, testing and sales (the last through global markets)through various methods, including the application of statistical methods.


"A change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."

Arnold Bennet (1867-1931) novelist, playwright, essayist,critic and journalist.


"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils."

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount Saint Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author. He famously died of pneumonia contracted while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.


"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918) served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist. In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island.


"If you always do what you always did - you'll always get what you always got."

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"When the speed of changes outside the organization exceeds the speed of change within..the end is in sight"

John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. (born November 19, 1935) is an American businessman and author. He was Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. Welch's net worth is estimated at $720 million.


"The new competitive realities demand that we turn our backs on the ones who brung us. Every leader needs a formal 'forgetting strategy'."

Thomas J. "Tom" Peters (born November 7, 1942) is an American writer on business management practices.


"We want to go forward, but which way are we facing-"

John Winston Ono Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles, and together with Paul McCartney formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.


"When people ask me to compare the 20th century to older civilizations, I always say the same thing 'The situation is normal'. "

William James Durant (1885-1981) American historian and essayist.


"When a thing is new, people say 'It's not true'. Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they day 'It's not important'. Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say 'Anyway it is not new'. "

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a medical doctor. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism.