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Brother Mark is a pseudonym of The Reverend Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler, a clergyman, physician, writer and poet. His biography can be found at: www.robertjaggsfowler.com

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Initiating Change

Whilst speaking at a conference this weekend, I tried to paraphrase from memory a quotation from Machiavelli's work, The Prince. For the benefit of those who may have been at the same conference, the original quotation is given below. For those who were not present, you may still find it thought provoking and perhaps useful should you ever be tasked with initiating change:

‘…there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct , or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.’

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