Overcoming Bitter Enemies

by Lorne Mitchell on 12/06/2014

I came across this quotation the other day, and it struck a chord:

“One must be aware that there is nothing so difficult,
more doubtful in its result,
and more dangerous to do
than to introduce a new state of things. 
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The innovator has bitter enemies
among all those who benefit from the old system,
while he only has half-hearted defenders
among those who expect to benefit from the new system.
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This half-heartedness has its roots in man’s lack of faith,
because he does not really believe in the new state
until he has experienced it.”
Machiavelli
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Goldfish

The question is, how do you help folk to experience and have faith the new state at the early stages of a change?  How do you get to that tipping-point where there is enough energy to get lift-off with the new system?  Remember, Machiavelli never saw a computer, so it was not computer systems he was talking about!  It was much more about States and states!

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