Imagine it’s night, and you are sitting in the cockpit of a commercial aircraft, about to land the plane at a large airport in a large city.

As you look down over the city below, the light from a million streetlamps, cars, buildings and houses floods your brain with sensory information. Amid this abundance of noise, your eyes search for a visual signal.

You look for the flashing green airport beacon, the bright runway approach lights, and the straight lines of the runway lights themselves.

In the world of business, government organisations, and not-for-profits – in everyday life – noise is abundant. And when we try to introduce change into an established system, the level of the noise increases.

Changes fail because leaders can’t distinguish the signals from the noise.

The science of change readiness helps leaders see the signals that lead to safe landings. It can help you, too.

Steve Barlow
Author: Steve Barlow

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