Top 10 Quotes on Organizational Change

As you navigate the choppy waters of your next transformation initiative, here are my top 10 quotes on organizational change to help guide the way:

  1. The sinkhole of change is communication and motivation.  It’s where change projects go to die.” Nancy Rothbard
  2. If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.” Kurt Lewin
  3. The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Peter Drucker
  4. Understand that commitment to a major change is always expensive, and that you either pay for achieving it or pay for not having it.”  Daryl Conner
  5. You don’t change a culture by talking, you change it through action.” Mario Moussa
  6. Adults are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting.” Richard Pascale
  7. Culture isn’t just one aspect of the game. It is the game.” Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
  8. Organizations are communities of human beings, not collections of human resources.” Henry Mintzberg
  9. There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker
  10. Whatever got you here may well prevent you from getting there.” Marshall Goldsmith

See our website for additional resources in change management, including:

  1. Our Best Practice Paper on Change Communications
  2. A list of Change Management Resources including 4 helpful external change agents, and our Top 12 recommended books on change
  3. A list of Results Map Change Communications Blogs