Kaizen Song: Change Agents

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This kaizen song is inspired by and dedicated to each of the men and women, young and old, with whom I have been fortunate to learn about what it takes to make change happen.

 

Change Agents (to the music of Changes by David Bowie)

 

I didn’t know just what I’d signed up for

 

Now my head is spinning round

 

A million more excuses

 

Every time I thought we had agreed

 

The business case was quite concrete

 

And the team they sent to help me

 

Gave the shop floor not one glimpse

 

So proudly certified by some paper

 

“We did our projects and took that test”

 

Ch-ch-ch change agents

 

(Turn the p-d-c-a)

 

Ch-ch-change agents

 

No power, only influence

 

Ch-ch-ch change agent

 

(Turn the p-d-c-a)

 

Ch-ch-change agents

 

Just gonna have to adjust the plan

 

Penciled A3s

 

So you can erase mine

 

I watch the people nod their heads

 

But never leave their seats

 

Show passive resistance as

 

Milestone dates pass, I wonder why

 

Our savings budgets stay the same

 

The opinions they insist on

 

As we try to change their work

 

And the words of our consultants

 

“We’re quite aware of what you’re going through”

 

Ch-ch-ch change agents

 

(Turn the p-d-c-a)

 

Ch-change agents

 

More leadership, not more management

 

Ch-ch-ch change agents

 

(Turn the p-d-c-a)

 

Ch-change agents

 

What a pain

 

Stakeholders are not in alignment

 

Penciled A3s

 

So you can erase mine

 

Lean transformation, is teaching me

 

Change agents are the key to failure or a breakthrough

 

Ch-ch-ch change agents

 

(Turn the p-d-c-a)

 

Ch-change agents

 

Let’s go walk the flow together

 

Ch-ch-ch change agent

 

(Turn the p-d-c-a)

 

Ch-change agents

 

Every day somehow we get a little wiser

 

Penciled A3s

 

So you can erase mine

 

I write in pencil A3s

 

So you can erase mine

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