Change Management: Revolution Or Evolution?
In revolutionary change, one person orchestrates change, from the top. The change is often about cutting costs or regaining control over an organization that has lost its way by taking inappropriate risks or perhaps by developing a myopic inability to look externally and becoming inwardly driven. Revolutionary change tends to continue to be driven by one individual surrounded by a small group of trusted "Lieutenants". The change process itself becomes reliant on the individual. In evolutionary change, a leader still orchestrates the change. However, the leader tends to empower people all through the organization to take on the change. The leader provides the resources, training and authority for people to engage in the change and become leaders of the change in their own right.