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7 underlying principles of Adaptive Change


  1. You can’t design a change for people, only with them.

  2. Being able to explain why a change is needed (not wanted) is more valuable than trying to define 20 different What’s In It For Me statements.

  3. You can’t plan all the details of a change program at the start because you don’t know yet how the people (the organization) respond to the first activities.

  4. People don’t naturally resist change; they rather have other priorities to work on more urgently.

  5. Removing obstacles for people to work on and applying a change (facilitating change) is more important than leading or managing the change (which you can’t).

  6. Change is fluid, when you finish your first activities the status quo you started from has changed.

  7. Measuring the progress (with leading indicators) enables you to learn your way through the change and course correct when needed.

About Patrick Verdonk

As a change management trainer and consultant, Patrick brings a passion for business agility and a deep understanding of the impact of change on people. His goal is to deliver practical and innovative solutions that empower individuals and teams to be more adaptable, resilient and successful in the face of change. To do this, he helps individuals and teams think differently about change and understand how to continuously adapt to achieve their personal or business aspirations.

Whether you are looking to build a better future for yourself or your organization, he can help you unlock the full potential of adaptive change.

In 2017 Patrick opted for a personal change. He left the corporate world, after more than 20 years, to further develop his passion around Agility, Change and People. He has worked in many change related roles and has lived in several European countries. Patrick speaks Dutch, English and Spanish. He currently resides in Madrid, Spain. He holds a bachelor's degree, an MBA and several certifications in Change and Business Agility.

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The Adaptive Change Logo

The logo, represented by a Möbius loop, is no coincidence.

It is a representation of the Adaptive Change Cycle as presented by Gunderson & Holling in their 2001 book "Panarchy".

The color represents the desire to be part of the recreation of a greener earth.

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