transformation, not change

I have found in many cases where people want to control change. Or manage change, if you prefer a more soft term.

Despite that change management is a widely accepted term, I think it is at least not practically correct. Some may argue that it is essentially incorrect, and I tend to agree on that. However, at least I am convinced that it is practically incorrect.

The reason is simple. Change is a situational consequence we do not necessarily have control over. What we do is transforming ourselves to adapt to it in the most effective way. Therefore, in practical, we barely manage or control change. We are impacted by it, and therefore we manage our transformation.

 

Thus, I believe the right term is managing transformation.

And for those of you who still want to manage change, I have only one suggestion. Stop trying to manage it. Accept it, understand it, and start to plan and manage your transformation instead.

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