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19 December 2010

Challenge versus consensus

I was reading an article critiquing China's foreign policy.  In the article it described an approach that had a left and right aspect to advancement of Chinese interests.

On the left is the agenda to achieve China's core goals.  On the right is the imperative to move forward with a unified purpose.

It's a nice metaphor for change management within the organisational context.  In the left hand we have the project mission which will disrupt the status quo and change power relationships within the enterprise.  In the right hand we have the need for a unified team.  We all have to want the same goals and outcomes.