Rules of Thumb for Change Agents

Herbert Allen Shepard

THE FOLLOWING APHORISMS are not so much bits of advice (although they are stated that way) as things to think about when you are being a change agent, a consultant, an organization or community development practitioner—or when you are just being yourself trying to bring about something that involves other people.

Rule I: Stay Alive

This rule counsels against self-sacrifice on behalf of a cause that you do not wish to be your last.

Two exceptionally talented doctoral students came to the conclusion that the routines they had to go through to get their degrees were absurd and decided they would be untrue to themselves to conform to an absurd system. That sort of reasoning is almost ...

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