Panta Rhei

Published on May 3, 2017
By Maria Constantinescu

“Life is flux,” said Heraclitus of Ephesus sometime around 500BC and all things arise from one change to vanish into another.

2,500 years later, over 75 percent of culture change efforts fail, despite common consensus about change being the only constant.

The new is often awkward and energy draining. Familiar and comfortable ways beckon at every corner. And no matter how hard we try, we seem to end up prioritizing the urgent over the necessary.

Winning culture-change leadership requires active participation that goes beyond communication and alignment of core processes and practices.

3C traits – congruence, courage, consistency – are now the hallmarks of leaders who successfully navigate new organizational dynamics. Are your actions aligned with the culture change vision? Are your new models a clear-cut departure from the past, even in the face of temporary adversity? Do you stay the changing course and resist superficial permutations?

We hope our April issue gets you thinking about fresh starts, be them personal or professional. We curated a lot of content to help you beat the transformation odds and create compelling narratives to drive and manage sustainable change.

After all, if we are to believe Heraclitus, it’s bound to happen whether you’re ready or not. So why not welcome it?

This spring, stop preaching change. Start practicing it.

Maria Constantinescu
President, IABC/Montréal