The ten Change Dictums vs. Kotter’s eight Phases of Change

Dr. Georg Kraus, Partner at Kraus & Partner, formulated the so called “10 dictums”  one has to respect within Change related projects. I think it is very interesting to take a look at them. Within one of my earlier posts I did a “quick and dirty look” at Kotters Change phases. I think it is astonishing how everyone is reinventing the wheel again and again…I think that those dictum are basically renamed adaptions of Kotter, Lewin and some other theorists.

So (and I say this with a twinkle in one’s eye) remember the three steps for successful cribbing 😉 : “Find – Rename – Copy”

Dr. Kraus’s ten dictums:

  1. Not every shift is a change process
  2. Rome was not built in a day
  3. Structure and culture interact
  4. A decision is not a conversion
  5. There are always loosers within a change process
  6. Lonely heroes stand on shaky ground
  7. Project managers need expirience and backbone
  8. Once started you must be willing to cross the desert
  9. The path of failure is full of good intentions
  10. There is always a reason to party

And here for the lazy ones – Kotter’s eight phases as a comparison…

  1. Establish a sense of urgency
  2. Create a coalition
  3. Develop a clear vision
  4. Share the vision
  5. Empower people to clear obstacles
  6. Secure short-term wins
  7. Consolidate and keep moving
  8. Anchor the change

Pretty familiar – what do you think? Leave your comments below!

Reinventing the Wheel
Reinventing the wheel (Picture source:

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