Why is it so hard to get real change off the ground? Is it fuzziness of vision, resistance to change, or something else? One factor often ignored is simply the difficulty of proving that early efforts are having any effect. For example, it would be hard to convince a confirmed skeptic that a jet speeding down the runway is anything more than a very fast-moving object. Altitude would be the real proof, but on the runway you don't have any.
I recently finished teaching an organizational development course in which I was given free rein to cook up something compelling. I was grateful because no matter how much you're taught about leadership challenges, until you experience one you're just reading the menu. Better to eat the meal, and eat we did!