Change-quotes to inspire, challenge and inform your thinking about your actions.

Donna Rae Scheffert

Donna Rae Scheffert, author, is a retired Leadership Development Specialist from the University of Minnesota Extension. She spent over 20 years creating leadership information, tools and training. She is the owner of and enjoys collecting quotes.

Quotable Quips Change-Quotes

"Change is inevitable ~ we will always exist in the midst of it. It is our choice whether we will be its victim or its architect." Merikay McLeod

Dee Hock suggests “the problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind but how to get the old ones out. Every mind is a room packed with archaic furniture. You must get the old furniture of what you know, think and believe out before anything new can get in."

Plato reminded us, “Change takes place no matter what deters it... There must be measured, laborious preparation for change to avoid chaos.”

Marilyn Ferguson suggests “It's not so much that we're afraid of change, or so in love with the old ways; but it's like being in between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to.”

Peter Drucker says, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Professor Ackoff at the University of Pennsylvania thinks of a mess. He defines a mess this way:

"In a real sense, problems do not exist. They are abstractions from real situations. The real situations from which they are abstracted are messes. A mess is a system of interrelated problems. We should be concerned with messes and not problems. Science has provided powerful methods, techniques and tools for solving problems, but it's provided little that can help in solving messes. The lack of mess-solving capability is the most important challenge facing us."

“Don’t ask the world what it needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

“The days are long but the years are short.” Gretchen Rubin

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” Sitting Bull, Lakota-1877

“Cherish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well serenely.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.“ Unknown

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