"Leaders continue the organisational change management charade when all empirical evidence indicates continued failure"
👏 Happy Friday!
On this day, August 25, 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers, which laid the foundation for today’s modern space probes and telescopes. Galileo’s discoveries about the Moon, Jupiter’s moons, Venus, and sunspots supported the idea that the Sun, not the Earth, was the centre of the universe. His defiance of the conventional celestial model proposed by Aristotle was a pivotal moment in the history of science and human intellectual progress. Aristotle’s geocentric model, which positioned the Earth at the centre of the universe with celestial bodies moving in perfect circular orbits around it, was deeply ingrained in the philosophical and religious beliefs of the time. Galileo’s empirical observations and experimentation not only shattered the hegemony of ancient thought but also ignited a revolution in scientific thinking. Galileo’s approach marked a departure from relying solely on ancient authorities and what we now recognise as the scientific method. Instead, he championed the idea of using empirical evidence to test hypotheses and theories.
✅ Galileo Galilei told us, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” His intellectual audacity speaks to the essence of change leadership being unafraid to question the status quo, challenge prevailing assumptions, and pave the way for new perspectives. Galileo’s insistence on empirical evidence over convention exemplifies his willingness to challenge prevailing norms, a quality essential for effective change leadership. As we navigate the complexities of organisational change, let us draw inspiration from Galileo’s legacy, remembering that by challenging existing norms, we can uncover the truths that lead to progress. We must challenge the hegemony of current popular organisational change management implementation approaches. Dare We Challenge the Change Charade?
“Leaders continue the organisational change management charade when all empirical evidence indicates continued failure”
👉 The leadership team’s role in organisational change management is pivotal, as they set the tone and direction for the entire change process. Their ability to develop change leadership skills and effectively lead change initiatives can determine the success or failure of those initiatives. To avoid these pitfalls, it’s essential for the leadership team to invest in developing change leadership skills and knowledge. This includes learning a suitable change management framework to implement organisational change and their three change leadership responsibilities that must be executed effectively and proactively. With strong change leadership capability, the organisation can implement accelerated change, embrace and leverage technology, and continue to deliver revenue to shareholders. Successful change will ensure an ROI, employee change adoption, and it will be sustainable. More importantly, your organisation will not only survive, but it will stay ahead of the competition.
Have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love and care for, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat, drink and be happy.
Further Reading: Change Management Leadership - Leadership of Change Volume 4
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Peter F Gallagher is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Guru, Expert, International Speaker, Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.
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Ranked #1 Change Management Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (2023-2022-2021-2020) by Thinkers360.
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Business Book Ranking
Change Management Behaviour - Leadership of Change® Volume 6, listed among the 50 Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2022.
Change Management Adoption - Leadership of Change® Volume 5, listed among year-to-date’s (Jul 2021) most popular books on business and technology from Thinkers360 member thought leaders.
Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change® Volume 3, listed among the 50 Business and Technology Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2021.
Change Management Pocket Guide - Leadership of Change® Volume 2, ranked within the top 50 Business and Technology Books (Jan 2020) from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders.