I have been trying to promote change in the world as long as I remember. During the first 30 years of my life I got paid in physical beatings, social mobbing, psychological torture, moral judgement … even jail when I was 17 for demonstrating against death penalty.
When I was 30 – that’s 30 years ago – I got paid my first fee as a change agent. Of course, I have called myself a consultant, but in retrospective, I see that I have always tried to use my consulting to channel the same pathos that compelled me to change the world already in my youth. During all these years, I have tried to understand the nature of change and what we can do to make it happen.
I have concluded that change is like a black hole: we know what happens in its proximity, but don’t have a clue about what happens inside.
In frenzied hubris, believing I had understood it, I wrote a book with detailed instructions. But having seen what I have seen in these 30 years of profession, I have concluded that change is like a black hole: we know what happens in its proximity, but don’t have a clue about what happens inside. Moreover, I begin to believe that anybody (person, team, organization, etc.) that goes into the black hole and comes back – not everybody comes back – can explain what happened. Those who try to, by the very act of translating the experience, undo the change they went through.
Having seen so many failed attempts, mine too, to explain the what and codify how I have given up.
Nowadays, I propose three practices that a change agent can follow to become a Transformation Agent: