Preface

As a boy, I read books and the genre called science fiction. It was the world created by people like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein. And every change we have experienced in the last decades they psychologically created. Star Trek was one of the corniest television programs ever created. It first aired in 1966 and never stopped. It was a humorous joke on humanity that encapsulated the profound truth of science fiction into a one-hour sitcom. But Star Trek was as prophetic as the Bible. The tricorder became the cell phone, the replicator became the 3D printer, and holodeck became virtual reality. The joke was on us as a species.

      The change we face is exponential, as it is existential. It is nothing short of a cultural pandemic. In medical terms, a pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads across a large region, multiple continents, or even worldwide. But a disease is curable. Either you cure it, or it kills you. Humanity has faced these many times from the black death to the avian bird flu. But a cultural pandemic is not curable. A cultural pandemic is immutable. In other words, it changes you, you don’t change it. I use the word immutable for a very good reason. What we are facing is nothing short of immutable change. Immutable means unchanging over time or unable to be changed. Ponder that. It is exactly what Heraclitus of Ephesus told us 2,500 years ago, "The only thing that is constant Is change." There is the oxymoron for you = immutable change. 

      The Book of Change is primarily a resource publication where the reader can learn about the change management process. You can learn about the history, terminology, institutions and current thinking regarding the topic. In the process of developing The Book of Change, I am going to post essays on a variety of topics that may also be of interest to you. So to read my latest ideas on Organizational Change Management, check out the Essays page to see what's new! But much of the publication is built on the thinking of others who are contributing to the the field.