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How to make change everybody's business

When I Google “stages of successful change,” I get 171 million results. I’m not surprised by this extremely high number because change is constant and inevitable, today more than ever. We’re all searching for ways to succeed and, ideally, thrive within our relentlessly changing world.

The first search engine result informs me that there are five steps to successful change: 1) acknowledge the need for change, 2) communicate the need and involve people in developing the change, 3) develop change plans, 4) implement change plans, 5) evaluate progress, and 6) celebrate success.

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Why change is all about technology, not people

Ironically, the field of change management has been resistant to change. And it won’t change until we stop believing that change is about people. It isn’t. Organizational change is primarily about technology, not people. There. I said it. If you’re a change management professional, I imagine you’re clutching your pearls right about now.

But bear with me. Before you write me off as a provocateur who doesn’t understand a thing about change management—or human beings for that matter—let me boil down my 20 years of philosophical research into one simple realization about technology:

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Change   Leadership

Dear leader, you cannot succeed alone

Qvest is designed to solve the biggest problem that every leader, consultant and change agent face every day: You cannot succeed alone.

Being a leader - whether formal or informal, corporate or political - means being on a mission that’s bigger than yourself. If you go alone, you fail. 

The only way to succeed with a mission that’s bigger than yourself is to make other people commit to the same mission you are committed to. So, the question every leader asks - or should ask - themselves is: How do I get people onboard? 

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The curiosity cat is alive and well, and he’s here to drive change

Curiosity is simple.

It is a strong desire to know or learn something. When thinking about curiosity, most people are reminded of children. They are playful, explorative, creative - and constantly questioning the world around them.

When things are new or beyond their understanding, children ask away. Why is it that curiosity fades as we grow older? Perhaps because as we advance in age, education and in our careers, we are expected to be experts, filled to the brim with answers rather than questions.

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