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Terms of Engagement, 2nd Edition by Richard Axelrod

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CHAPTER 3Six Change Management Myths

When I discuss the new change management with potential users, they often raise a familiar set of objections, which I am calling “myths.” These are the beliefs that keep leaders holding on to the old change management and prevent them from moving toward the new change management:

• It will take too long.

• Success requires leaders to completely let go.

• We must keep a firewall between the organization and its stakeholders.

• Productivity will suffer if I involve a lot of people.

• The majority put self-interest before the common good.

• Changes designed by the best and the brightest are costeffective.

MYTH 1: IT WILL TAKE TOO LONG

Leaders look at the investment of time and money that goes with widening the ...

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