Hang in there

I suggested to a potential client yesterday that one of my main functions is to be a shoulder to cry on for those in organisational life willing to step up to the mark and initiate change. The following quote from Machiavelli picked out by Dave Snowden sums it up nicely:

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it