Friday’s Change Reflection Quote - Leadership of Change - Leaders Should Pursue Change Excellence


Happy Friday!

On this day, September 8, 1504, Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, was unveiled in the magnificent Piazza della Signoria in the heart of Florence. Even after 500 years, the statue’s form and symbolism continue to inspire viewers worldwide, solidifying its place among the most revered timeless masterpieces and replicated artworks. The immaculate creation, a five-metre and seventeen-cm marble sculpture, transcends mere stone and chisel; it embodies the essence of human potential, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence. David’s intricate details, from the rippling muscles to the intense gaze, capture the essence of human anatomy. Michelangelo’s unmatched skill and mastery of his craft are showcased through the sculpture’s impeccable proportions, harmonious balance, and meticulous craftsmanship. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, and poet, and he was only 26 when he began this work. Michelangelo’s David remains an enduring testament to the artist’s genius and his ability to breathe life into stone. Its impact can be felt not only in the world of art but also in the hearts and minds of those who encounter it.

Michelangelo told us, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” To Michelangelo, the pursuit of excellence was not a trivial matter, and the creation of David holds a deeper meaning. Just as Michelangelo transformed a raw block of marble into a masterpiece, we can also harness our inner potential to sculpt masterpieces in our lives and organisations in the face of change. Change leaders can either aim to implement successful, sustainable organisational change or fall short and play out the change management charade. Leaders Should Pursue Change Excellence.

“Organisational change is a journey. Change leadership requires patience, continuous improvement, commitment to incremental progress, but above all, it is about aiming for excellence”

Organisational change leadership is about effectively and proactively articulating the vision, modelling the new way, and intervening to ensure sustainable change. It means not being involved in the change management charade, an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance of change. Leaders cannot continue to focus on normal day-to-day operations devoid of executing their change leadership responsibilities. It is not a one-time event but rather a process that requires time, effort, and adaptability. Change leadership requires patience, continuous improvement, commitment to incremental progress, but above all, it is about aiming for excellence.

Have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love and care for, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat, drink and be happy.

Further Reading: Change Management Leadership: Leadership of Change Volume 4

Peter consults, speaks, and writes on the Leadership of Change®. He advises CEOs on how to prepare and align their corporate leadership teams to successfully lead their organisation's change.

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Leadership of Change® Body of Knowledge Volumes: Change Management Body of Knowledge (CMBoK) Books: Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, B, & C available on both Amazon and Google Play:

Leadership of Change® Volume 1 - Change Management Fables

Leadership of Change® Volume 2 - Change Management Pocket Guide

Leadership of Change® Volume 3 - Change Management Handbook

Leadership of Change® Volume 4 - Change Management Leadership

Leadership of Change® Volume 5 - Change Management Adoption

Leadership of Change® Volume 6 - Change Management Behaviour

Leadership of Change® Volume 7 - Change Management Sponsorship

Leadership of Change® Volume A - Change Management Gamification - Leadership

Leadership of Change® Volume B - Change Management Gamification - Adoption

Coming soon:

Leadership of Change® Volume C - Change Management Gamification - Behaviour

~ Leadership of Change® Volume D - Change Management Gamification - Sponsorship

~ Leadership of Change® Volume E - Change Management Gamification - Leadership Teams

By Peter F Gallagher

Keywords: Business Strategy, Change Management, Leadership

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