Thursday 02nd July 20:42

MTL Motivators: Change Management

In the "Change Management" Motivators, you'll find some of the best quotes ever written about the nature of change and how to manage it. Read why Truman Capote thinks change always gives us hope; why John Masters says being too comfortable doesn't serve us well; what Dale Carnegie says about the sure-thing boat; Ursula Leguin on why we need uncertainty; and what Rob Reiner thinks is the prerequisite to changing others. There are 100 slides in this great collection. Use them before and after your formal Change Management training to focus your thoughts. Browse through them in spare moments to motivate yourself when faced with change. Or use the quotes in the "Who, What, and When?" exercise later on.

"Change Management" Motivators: Our Selection of Short Quotes

The following selection of quotes from this collection is based on their brevity, wit, and charm. They're ideal for use in the training game that we'll give you below.

1. "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." (Source Unknown)

2. "The key to change is to let go of fear." (Rosanne Cash)

3. "Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted." (Source Unknown)

4. "Your success in life isn't based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business." (Mark Sanborn)

5. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." (Maya Angelou)

"Change Management" Motivators: "Who, What, and When?"

As well as using this selection of quotes to learn more about managing change, you can also use them on any change management training course in the game of "Who, What, and When?". This game is a lot of fun because it puts your trainees on the same level as the greats of history who are usually quoted on courses and in books. First of all, make sure you get some background information on your trainees including their date of birth. You may need to make sure that people give this information willingly, eg in a pre-course handout where date of birth is optional.

Now go about your course in the usual way but quietly listen out for anything your trainees say about the subject of change, eg in a discussion or over lunch. As soon as you can, jot down verbatim what they say. If someone hasn't said anything interesting before you run this exercise, have a chat with them about what they think about the topic and get their view. Now, for the best fun, you can play this game in 2 steps. In step 1, write out a selection of quotes from the Motivators collection on a set of flipcharts and the names of the authors on a set of post-its. Tell the group to match names and quotes by sticking the right post-its to the right flipcharts. Allow them 3 goes to get the right matches. As an extra, write out the authors birth-to-death dates (eg 1917 - 1963 for John F. Kennedy) and allow them 3 goes to match the right dates to the right author to the right quote.

Now surprise your trainees by announcing that you're going to play the game again, (there may be a few groans). Place your new set of flipcharts around the room, this time taken from your trainees' own lips and hand out post-it notes with the owners' names on. The penny will quickly drop and everyone will enthusiastically start to try and remember what they all said. Allow them a further 3 goes and then they'll realise what the last step might be. You can ask them if they want to play the last step (revealing their birth dates) or not. Either way, your group will have had a memorable exercise and a great learning experience.

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