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Friends, When I train for change management, I sometimes employ the following story to illustrate the fallacy of having change for change sake and differences in perception to change. I have found it to facilitate an enjoyable learning experience among the participants.... Here's the story:

A management consultant, on holiday in a African fishing village, watched a little fishing boat dock at the quayside. Noting the quality of the fish, the consultant asked the fisherman how long it had taken to catch them.

"Not very long." answered the fisherman.

"Then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the consultant.

The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The consultant asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, have an afternoon's rest under a coconut tree. In the evenings, I go into the community hall to see my friends, have a few beers, play the drums, and sing a few songs..... I have a full and happy life." replied the fisherman.

The consultant ventured, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you...... You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have a large fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to a city here or maybe even in the United Kingdom, from where you can direct your huge enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the fisherman.

"Oh, ten, maybe twenty years." replied the consultant.

"And after that?" asked the fisherman.

"After that? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the consultant, laughing, "When your business gets really big, you can start selling shares in your company and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" pressed the fisherman.

"After that you'll be able to retire, move out to a small village by the sea, sleep in late every day, spend time with your family, go fishing, take afternoon naps under a coconut tree, and spend relaxing evenings havings drinks with friends..."

" That's what i,m doing right now", said the fisherman and went his way.


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Hi, Since you have written about change management,can you help me in preparing a course on change management.Pl advice as to what all areas should be covered under the same.
Hi Rakhee, Yes, I can help you with whatever you are planning to do on change management. In very general terms, you may design the course as follows:
1. Introduction to change, its relevance.
2. Resistance to change, psychological homeostasis etc.
3. Process of change- the change mechanisms, cultural change, Kurt Lewin's Force field analysis and three-process theory, Participative and Directive change cycles of Hersey-Blanchard, John Kotter's eight step model etc..
4. Organisation Development in the context of change management
5.Selected OD interventions dealing with behavioural and attitudinal change
6. Leadership and change-Transformational leadership.
7.Exercises, case discussions.
please feel free to contact me for anything further
Dear Rajiv
My organization is also going through change managment but we dont have a structured way at the moment. WHat can you suggest and if you have some training material which i can use it would really be great.
We have hired outsourced consultants who are taking workshops with the staff but i feel they have a very limited capability to take on the issues of the organization . what is your suggestion?
Hi Rajeev, Happy New Year ! I just wanted to know if have got some cases/activities on leadership & change mgt.If so pl mail me the same. Rgds, Rakhee
Hi Parvathy, OD is part of change management. OD helps to modify or maintain the organisation culture. The well known OCTAPACE culture is associated with OD.
OCTAPACE stands for:
OD creates changes through what are known as OD interventions. These interventions are systematic application of behavioural processes with a specific purpose. The OD interventions act on the following 'focal points ' within the organisation:
I had been brief, but I hope I have clarified to your query.
Hey Rajeev. Can you help me with some Change Management exercises? I have to train a batch of 15 executives on the topic. I need some activities for the program.
Would really appreciate help in this regard.
My e mail id is

Dear Rajiv, We were an Indian company acquired by a foreign company and lot of changes scheduled ahead of us. Please help me with your inputs to manage these changes at various levels. mandar
Hi Mr. Rajeev.V
I found your insights about change management so useful. I am preparing a training workshop on change managemnt, but I have a different perspective, I am doing it on the effect of change on individuals or normal persons rather than on organizations. I am short of supplies. I need some games and activities and I don't have a clue where I can find any or how to improvise even. I need your generous help if you so shall please.
Email me please on
or via this link
Looking eagerly to hearing from you soon
hi Mr. Rajeev i am currently working on a project on change management.it would be really nie of you, if u get me some debatable case studies on the same. pls mail me. thank you
hey rajeev....
i also wana know abt change management dat.. how can we apply it in an organisation.. n also sm activities n games regarding dat..
cud u plz help me out..
my email id is...
Hi Rajeev,
Even I have a training session on change management. Can you please help me with some activities, exercises and games relevant to this topic? My email id is .
Thanks in advance
Dear Rajeev,
Please visit this link which has a very indepth researched data on Change management.
businessgyan - Change Management -The market place and business models have changed forever
This will effect all organisations and individuals and we are heading for a total transformation from what we are familiar with in the last 60 years by discarding most of what we have picked up as a way of life from the last century.
Please let me know what you feel about it
With kindest regards,
HI everyone
I am supposed to design a 2 day workshop for "Change Management and gaining from setbacks"
Can you please suggested the framework and material?
I would also be grateful if you could suggest or mail me 1-2 games regarding change management
my email id is (tarangchhabra[at]gmail[dot]com) and
Tarang Chhabra
Hi Rajeev, I was looking for case studies/games for change management workshop? Can you please help? Regards Shikha
My background is M.A Literature and off late i attended HR Certified course/Workshop with an interest to take up as HR trainer & Soft Skills ....
As a part of evaluation process they have asked me to prepare a ppt on Change Management. Can you please help me out !
Thanks & Regards,
I am pursuing my MBA and want to organize a workshop regarding orgainazation change could u please suggest some activities and games that will be help ful. plz
Hi Rajeev, Will you please forward me the Change Management workshop games, casestudies, activities and tools if any? Ram
can anyone please provide me the ebbok "ADKAR: a model for change in business, government and our community"? Ayesha
Hi Rajeev,
I have got exposed to change managment, but when i see the trail the concepts great bandwidth is visiable.Thanks for helping me understand the scope.
Would like you help me with inputs on " Selected OD interventions dealing with behavioural and attitudinal change".
If you could also share what you have already shared with Ali and the games for change,ment it would be usefull.
Thanks in advance.It takes effort to do what you are doing.
Hi, I love the story! I am Organising a change management session for my employees and I am thinking of the perfect ice breaker as well as games/activites to carry out during the session.
Do you have any you want to suggest? My e-mail address is
Thank you
For understanding importance of change management, a small activity is mentioned below. :
Ask participants to stand from their present seats and sit on any other seat.
After that ask the reaction of participants.
Even a small change such as changing the seat can create some resistance leading to different emotions & feelings. Hence, We need to understand the importance of managing change within the organisation and managing people's emotions and feelings towards any significant change.
This is only a small example, but effective one.
We can conduct this exercise after lunch, and emphasize how people are comfortable with their own seats only, and hence resistant to change.
Jeevan Deep Sehgal
Hi Rajeev. I\'m trying to read more about change management. Please help me out with information such as PPT and links, and some stories related to change management. Will be waiting for your reply. Thanks. Email me to Pradeep.mummineni@gmail.com
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