Need Change Managers


When I joined an unrecognized post graduate course decades back, I was motivated by what the course prospectus claimed ” To create barefoot managers that the country needs urgently in large numbers”. I had MBA admission to two Universities but chose to become a ‘barefoot manager’ rather than a management trainee , progress to be an  executive and ultimately retire as a senior manager in some Corporate Group.

Not sure if the course made me a “barefoot manager” but I think we need skilled “Change Managers”

In this age of Rapid Change, we need Change Managers with skills to asses Impacts of change, list options to manage these changes, make choices and execute the change management plans. Such change Managers are needed at every level, from companies to Governments to local communities and organizations.
Market Research or Impact Assessments would also need to take a 360º view of peoples’ needs.
I have attempted to summarize different Impacts today’s changes may have on people & communities. Obviously am missing many Impacts. just sharing what I wrote for your comments.


  • These Impacts would have to be identified and assessed with evidence,
  • Solutions found to minimize the negative impacts,
  • Ways found to make people’s lives better-off,
  • Options listed to manage these impacts,
  • Choices made from the options, and
  • Change Management plans implemented.

Not just at a national level but Change Management skills will be needed at every business, organization, Government, Community and for our own lives.

just an early morning thought as I have started working after a long period of rest, recovering from an accident.

Look forward to your comments.


About Gunasekar C Rajaratnam

Social Entrepreneur, Guna has been working 28 years with market research and social research agencies and as an independent research consultant. Volunteers most of his time on social and public causes and has travelled extensively within India and has visited Africa. Trained as a barefoot manager, Guna leads a de-cluttered life of simplicity and personal Integrity and aims to be a 'Karmayogi'. He works with marginalised and rural communities and helps them set up sustainable enterprises in rural and urban areas. He holds these Positions: Director - Methodlabs Services Private Limited Co-Founder - Coworking Chennai Started as a freelance field data collector in 1985, grew up to a Senior General Manager in 1998 working for professional research agencies and as an Independent Research Methodology Consultant since 1998. He has designed and played a role in implementing a variety of research and analytic projects in retail markets, consumer behaviour, health, environment, social development, hard to reach communities and indigenous people. Specialities: Research Methodology, recruiting, training and managing large research teams, online collaboration tools, open source software, qualitative and quantitative research techniques, clinical and laboratory research practices and Knowledge management. Domain knowledge in Industrial diversification, marketing, retail markets, appropriate technologies, social development, health, sexual health, environment, urban wildlife, communities and indigenous people

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