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Anhad Kashyap

Business Process Reengineering Consultant, Alcatel Lucent

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Change Management: Forced Change OR Free Will ?

After spending a large amount of time in philosophy related to Change Management. I have figured out two ways of bringing about change in a System. Temporary Change Management and Permanent Change Management.

* Temporary Change = Pressure/Force/Order + Terror (Fast Changes)
* Permanent Change = Free Will + Guidance (Logic) (Slow Changes)

We in our daily lives bring about Changes off and on. We choose both the above mechanisms to bring about changes. Temporary Changes give fast results but at times are not sustainable. Permanent Changes are slow changes but are always sustainable. We observe the sun set down at the end of the day but the change is absolutely smooth. Suddenly we look at the sky and it is gone but if we take a challenge to observe the setting down of the sun, we would look at it and get bored after a while as every second we would be adapting to its look and would not be able to feel the change until it is fully gone.

We have seen countries like India and China. China is growing at a pace much faster than India. But, the changes brought about in China are temporary changes, they are not in consent with the Chinese People. India is a democracy. Indians are permitted to question the Government. At the end of the day any decision made in India has a consent of the majority. But it is not so with China. Therefore the changes made in India are slow, and those made in China are fast. But in the long run, India has a sustainable growth. As I feel China would have an internal revolt or demand for freedom in the future.

At times children get into bad habits. And parents are required to control their children. What change mechanism should they adopt in such situations. Pressure/Force without logic would make the child against the family system. Free Will and Guidance and emotions would be the right way of change.


Forced Change OR Free Will ?


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    Jun 12 2012: Simple answer - Free Will

    Slightly longer answer - Your method seems to be running into the same problem that Werner Heisenberg had. You are measuring change at a level that only gives a hint at what caused the change. You have created a system that categorizes everything into two separate buckets when it is very easy to identify multiple examples where an event or series of events would allow the change to jump buckets. Therefore to answer your question I simply figured out which criteria in your definition had the highest probability of happening more often. Since there is significant more entropy in the universe at this time it means more change is caused by free will per your definition.

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