Moving Mountains: Lessons Learned from Organizational Change

Today is May 18. It’s a date that I’ll never forget. The only time a mountain ever came to me was on a May 18.

Plan for moving a mountain.
Photo “Mt. Rainier and Olympic Range, Olympia, Washington (ca. 1916)” courtesy of the Library of Congress. (

Mountains aren’t made to be moved. They are made to sit in one place. They don’t look like they are up to much, but most of them are either slowly getting bigger or slowly getting smaller. The ones that aren’t doing it slowly are doing it rapidly.

When mountains change rapidly, by definition there’s a lot of chaos involved. Shaking, fire, things falling down… mountains that are changing rapidly can be very dangerous places. Continue reading