Original content by ChangeDriver™ When big changes are needed, the most common response is denial.  A good example is the refusal of the Ford Motor Company to admit to changing consumer demand. The Model T was introduced in 1908, and Ford sold more than 15 million of these cars. But by 1927 sales had dropped…

Original content by ChangeDriver™ Not too long ago, the average person would have laughed at the idea that solar power could be cheaper than gas or coal. The cost of solar energy just keeps dropping – and has been for 40 years. The cost per solar watt was $78 in 1979. Today it is less…

By thinking ahead, you can build-in safeguards for things that could endanger your change project or initiative. Let’s look at how Canada’s first Parliamentary Librarian, Alpheus Todd, did just that and saved Canada’s Parliamentary Library from burning to the ground in the fire of 1916. The library opened in 1876. The building reflects the vision…

Is your organization’s success undermined by optimism bias? We’re particularly prone to being overly optimistic about project outcomes when we have a vested interest in them and play a big role in their planning. Take the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It was originally expected to cost $6.2 billion to…

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to swat a fly with a newspaper? Flies seem to react at lightning speed. How do they manage to get away so quickly, time after time? It turns out flies and other small, agile creatures perceive time as moving slowly. While we see the newspaper whizzing through…

We can cultivate an environment that brings about the changes we need and require. A great example is clover. For 1000 years, clover was the main plant used by farmers in Europe and the Middle East to extract nitrogen from the air and add it to the soil. All types of clover are legumes that…

One of the strangest things about the history of scurvy is that people kept finding the cure and then forgetting it. When Jacques Cartier made his second voyage to North America in May 1535, his crew had developed scurvy by the time the ship reached what is now Quebec City. Cartier’s crew was cured of…

Technology moves at dizzying speeds and democratic governments are scrambling to keep up. Citizens want their programs and services delivered using the latest technologies. Industries are demanding that governments change the laws to support constant innovation. Look at the transportation industry. People want governments to develop improved transportation infrastructure and allow new forms of safe…