Changing Another Person LO20117
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 17:50:58 -0800

Replying to LO19990 --

William J Hobler writes in reply to Doc Holloway:
>> But being a change agent is less than I wish to be, and more. I would
>> prefer (and hope I am to some extent) to be a change rider, like a surfer
>> who rides waves or a sky diver who rides the air currents.

> Is this a wish to be a follower of a larger culture as it changes? Is it
> not participating in directing the force that creates the wave?

>> I don't care to just go around making others into myself or recreating the
>> world into the model I've adopted or devised (which is too often the role
>> of change-agents).

> Am I right in reading this as a contridiction of your last thought? I
> read this as - you don't want to just ride the wave????

As I read it, Doc is acknowledging that, while a change agent can cause
change in an organization, he/she can't control it. The change will take
its course based on a number of individual and organizational factors.
Thus, a change agent needs to be able to "ride" the changes, rather than
trying to control or limit them (think of poor old King Canute), to be in
a position to help them head in an emergent direction.

Doc, did I get close?


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