Change agents don't change people. People change themselves.
Peter Block is a veteran in the world of leadership and organizational change. His book, Flawless Consulting, is in it’s third edition and, rightly so. The subtitle says it all: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used.
In a recent blog post and short video clip he explains how change agents don’t change people. People change themselves. Change agents change the conversation. In his own words…
I don’t like the term ‘change agent’ … because usually ‘change’ means someone else. And so ‘change agent’ to me is too arrogant, as if I’m here to change them. I’m not. People change their own selves. I am here to change the narrative, I am here to change the conversation.
When I say “We’re here to change the culture,” I don’t literally mean that. I mean we’re here to create a new narrative or a new conversation with people about their intentions.
The main idea is to help people figure out how to powerfully live out their own intentions.
Check out the short post and video.
Heather Hollick has been helping others become better leaders and craft more meaningful careers for more than 25 years. Her experience spans both business and technology, operations and organizational development. Oh, and she was born in Canada, so she can't help but be helpful. 😉