Want to change things? Find a Weirdo.



Change Agents are a little odd


From the Vecci Blog


Change agents are just a bit off-kilter. Why? They must be nervy enough to challenge the status quo and get away with it, and they must be seen as different to encourage other employees to follow them. It’s in the job profile. Ghandi was eccentric. So was Steve Jobs, John The Baptist and Jack Welch.

We can use gentler descriptors: panache, style … ‘different drummer,’ but we know them when we see them. Along with intelligence, empathy and passion, weirdness is an essential attribute for change evangelists. Often a change fails for no other reason than  its leader is a boring person. People tend not to notice things when they’re yawning.

Too much weirdness is ineffective. Maybe dangerous. Did you know there is a Perceived Weirdness Index (PWI)?  Leaders are either ignored, not taken seriously or fired if they are outside the optimal range

I doubt ‘Weirdness; will ever make it to your company’s leadership handbook. But I bet you know a few successful weirdos working there.

Are you one of them?





An E20 Evangelist’s Prayer


Please grant me the Power to release my inner Linchpin,

To unleash Creativity

And inspire Passion and Exuberance as I move through the Enterprise.

Guide my Hand through Use Cases and Proposals.

Remind me always of the Teachings of the Blessed Tufte.

Make my Presentations captivating and simple.

Bring me Stories and interesting Anecdotes. 

Bless my Dog and Pony (and iPhone).

Strengthen Me against the Skeptics’ Spears,

The Scowls of Middle Managers

And the heavy Hand of IT and Human Resources.

Help me prevail against the Spreadsheet People

Of Six Sigma with their stifling Weapons of Conformity and Measurement.

Help me find other Evangelists that I may pull them in and embrace them.

Remind me, always, how new and exciting this is.

I am a Teacher, but also a Student.

I must be patient and listen.

Let me find Inspiration in the Actions of others, both Inside and Outside.

Most of all, please help me figure out what is Next

After all this blows over

 When  the next Silver Bullet is fired.

In the name of the Gladwell,

The Solis

And the Holy Godin.