Being the change you want to see

As I am writing a document for a client – a local government – I'm reminded of Gandhi's famous words: Be the change you want to see in the world.

This could be interpreted as a very lofty ambition, only valid for world changers. But I think his words are applicable at any level of change, small or big. The point being that if the thing you are working on doesn't in it self reflect what you are trying to achieve, you are smoked. It just won't fly.

Separating the what and the how in a change process is unwise. They are one and the same process. The yin and yang of change. You play with one to learn on the other. And then you switch. It needs to be an iterative process. 

So, the local government that wants to renew its local job market needs to renew its own work methods so they mirror the job market they want to create. They need to be the change they want to see.

Kind of a banal conclusion. But not many get it.

//jan

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