The Risks to the Change Agent

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this luke-warmness arriving partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favor; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had an actual experience of it. Thus it arises that on every opportunity for attacking the reformer, the opponents do so with the zeal of partisans, the others only defend him halfheartedly, so that between them he runs great danger.    Machiavelli’s The Prince

2 thoughts on “The Risks to the Change Agent

  1. I believe it is difficult to change the order of things. I believe where there is a will, there is a way. I believe it takes focusing on something for a considerable amount of time for change to happen. It takes perseverance and patience, I believe there will be obstacles. I believe a key ingredient in helping change to occur is to turn the obstacle(s) somehow to your advantage. Margaret Eubank


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