Change initiatives fail due to…

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70% of organizational change initiatives fail due to a lack of lasting commitment. ~Dr David Shaner, IW Magazine


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Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)
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6 Responses to Change initiatives fail due to…

  1. Michael says:


    Sort of interesting that you posted that comment, since I have found myself that is the hardest part of owning your own business. Keeping the “commitment” consistent and on track is very hard, especially during these challenging times. For me the best part is just realizing it, then correcting my path!

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Michael,

      The quote resonated with me as well. I’ve seen this to be the issue at small and large businesses alike. It’s easy to let the problem of the day get in the way of other commitments. It also supported the articles I’ve been writing on Lean initiatives so I worked it into the latest post as well. Thanks for checking in and sharing your experience.


  2. Commitment is key not only in business but for all aspects of live. A relationship that there is no commitment will fail. If a person is not committed to their studies, he or she will fail. In business, at least we can easily measure the impact that lack of commitment has in abandoned or failed projects.

    Thanks for sharing this quote.

    Daniela Negreda

  3. Dimitri says:

    We are creatures of habit, so we are naturally opposed to change. If we do not fully agree with a change, I believe the initiative is doomed to fail due to a lack of commitment. In other words, getting buy-in from all people involved in the change is key to its sustainability.

    Just my 2 cents…

    • Dimitri,

      Getting buy-in is certainly a key factor in successfully implementing change. Buy-in can make the difference between the team focused on making it work rather than being forced to go through the motions. Do you have any suggestions on gaining buy-in? This post talks about overcoming the resistance to change:


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