10 Songs That Make The Ultimate Change Management Playlist

Music can be the backbone of inspiration for many. Whether you use music to de-stress or its just a way to distract yourself on your travels to work, I think these 10 songs might just be able to help make your day a little better. Change management is an important aspect in the business world, and implementing change can be a complicated process to which we constantly look for simple solutions.  This post may not recommend any tools or methods (for that you have pretty much any other post on our blog,) but it sure can help make your day a little better, and even give you some advice on how to become a better leader when implementing and managing change.

We all know that record labels only produce what sells, so these artists must know what they are talking about…

1. David Bowie – Changes

Let’s Jump back in time to 1971… Can’t beat a bit of David Bowie. Who doesn’t love wise words in a song you can’t get out of your head. This timeless song has some important lyrics I’d like to point out to you.

“Turn and face the strange…Ch-ch-changes…Just gonna have to be a different man”

“Strange fascination, fascinating me…Changes are taking the pace…I’m going through”

 

Putting this into context- Its not easy to change but they are going to happen with or without you so its better to face the music!

 

2. 2pac – Changes


“We gotta start makin’ changes”

“Things’ll never be the same
That’s just the way it is”

 

“We gotta make a change…
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
and let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.”

I couldn’t say it better myself! If things aren’t working as well as you know they could then its time to change something. Even little changes can make a huge difference!

 

3. Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up

“Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!”

 

“You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can’t fool all the people all the time.”

 

If you aren’t working to your full potential someone is going to notice. There is always a reason for lacking and a lot of the time when employees aren’t performing to their highest ability its normally down to leadership and change management techniques can make all the difference in team working environments!

 

4.  Scorpions – Wind Of Change


“The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change”

 

“The wind of change
Blows straight into the face of time”

 

The future always holds an aspect of change. How can we improve if things just stay the same? Go with the flow of times and change with it rather than resisting the inevitable.

 

5.  Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror


“I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference”

 

“Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change”

 

Another timeless classic telling us what we near to hear. If you want to change something, then just do it. Don’t look back and regret not saying something to a co-worker or a leader. As the late Michael Jackson said … “Its gonna feel REAL good”!

 

6.  Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come 


“It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gon’ come, oh yes it will”

 

Let this 1964 blues song take away all your worries. Cant help but sway along! Just let his words sink in and inspire you…

 

 

7.  Sheryl Crow – “A Change Would Do You Good


“A change would do you good
A change would do you good”

 

“I thought you were singing your heart out to me
Your lips were syncing and now I see”

 

Curious to see how I can make this about change management… challenge accepted!

Sometimes one can be putting all the effort they possible could into there work but they still aren’t seeing results! This might not be your fault… If leadership and management isn’t working correctly, then you’re not the problem! Make them see what’s wrong. Speak up and make a difference in your work place!

 

8.  Tears For Fears – Change


“When it’s all too late
It’s all too late
Change
You can change
And something on your mind
Became a point of view”

 

“You lost the life in you
When it’s all too late”

 

Don’t let lack of change or resistance drain all your will power! Anything is possible and its never too late for a change to be made!

 

9.  Bluetech – Change

 

We must be the change we want to see. If this is to become reality”

“Only you can get the fire started… we can work to keep it up together”

 

Change can’t happen by itself and more than often its going to be down to team work. Whether it’s the boss working with different departments or just the department as a whole changing the way it works. It might take a lot of work but in the long run it will all be worth it!

 

 

10.  John Mayer – Waiting On The World To Change 


 

Saving my favourite for last…

“Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it”

 

“It’s hard to beat the system
When we’re standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change”

 

“It’s not that we don’t care,
We just know that the fight ain’t fair
So we keep on waiting”

 

“One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population”

 

Need I explain?

 

I hope all these songs can provide you with the inspiration and a push in the right direction for the upcoming year ahead! I have a feeling its going to be a big one!

 

Christopher Smith
Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.
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