How good are you at predicting the future?

The fundamental laws of nature are a safe bet. Hot things will cool down and gravity will make things fall. But these fundamental laws of nature don’t seem to apply to social systems. At least, not in the same ways.

In the world of human interactions, some things are more likely to occur than others. When we think about change, we can’t predict success or failure. It depends on several factors.

An important determining factor is readiness. Change readiness doesn’t guarantee success, but people are much more likely to succeed if they’re ready to change.

Few people have a good handle on change readiness. Many think it’s about being prepared for things to happen. It’s so much more than that. It’s about shaping complex systems so that successful change emerges. And security depends on the emergence of successful change. What are your views on the importance of change readiness?

Steve Barlow
Author: Steve Barlow

Steve heads up The Change Gym. He is a change readiness specialist. You can contact him at