What Change Agents Do!

Mar 08, 2013 1 Comment by
One of my favorite authors has a birthday this week.
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The late Theodor Seuss Geisel – known more widely as Dr. Seuss – was known for his clever rhyming verses, colorful madcap characters and endearing stories for children.
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In his lifetime, he won two Oscars, two Emmys, a Pulitzer Prize and a Peabody Award. He truly reached the pinnacle of his craft. But it didn’t start out that way…
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Dr-Seuss-booksDr-Seuss-collectionWinners Never Quit! One of most powerful lessons that Change Agents can learn from Dr. Suess is the life-changing impact of perseverance. His first book was nearly his last. If it weren’t for his stubborn belief in his own dream to be an author, millions of kids would never have heard of the Cat in the HatThe Grinch, or Green Eggs and Ham
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I tremble at the thought!
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His first children’s book was called “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street”. The manuscript was rejected 27 times before it was accepted by a publisher. That’s right, twenty-seven so-called literary geniuses passed over this future giant of children’s books for reasons like “Your material is too different!” and “It won’t sell.” (There’s probably a lesson in there about what constitutes an “expert”, but that’s another story for another day…)
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What Change Agents Do! So in honor of Dr Seuss and his birthday, today I’ve penned a rhyme for Change Agents that incites you to stay the course – to persevere and to never give up – even when people seem to be running away from your change.
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I offer this encouragement to you so you can be an encouragement to others…
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…Because that’s what Change Agents do!
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-Steve

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PS: I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it… :o)

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One Response to “What Change Agents Do!”

  1. Joe says:

    I really liked this post,

    As it explains what org’s need most.

    When teams get stuck,

    And extinguish their pluck,

    Their ‘Change Guy’ can’t be toast.

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