What Is “Tenacious Change”?

Tenacious Change is an understanding that communities, organizations, and systems are in a constant state of change – whether we like it or not, whether we want it or not. They just do it because change happens.

Tenacious Change is all about changing forward from a current state to a better state.

Tenacious Change knows if we want to bring about change, we have to work hard, keep trying no matter what, and be patiently persistent because change takes time.

Tenacious Change is about building relationships and establishing mutual trust as the foundation for creating change.

Tenacious Change is an approach to facilitating ownership-based change toward the greater good through collective change leadership. It can be learned and applied to address a variety of issues that face communities, organizations, and systems.

Tenacious Change is a consultancy based in the Baltimore/Washington corridor on the East Coast of the United States. We work remotely and on-site with clients across North America…and beyond…when the opportunity is presented. We offer the Tenacious Change Approach and a variety of training and consulting services designed to animate people, organizations, communities, and systems to lead change for the greater good.


Schedule time to talk with us to learn more about Tenacious Change:

The Tenacious Change Approach

The Tenacious Change Approach is designed to help you make lasting change in communities, organizations, communities, and systems through ownership-based change and collective change leadership. The Tenacious Change Approach is used to create a movement for change that brings the whole community together to participate, own, and lead the change.

The Tenacious Change Approach is ever evolving and improving. It has to if it is going to work within dynamic complex adaptive systems like communities and organizations. In 2019 we introduced the Tenacious Change Approach with the paper below.

Now, in 2022, we are working on an upgrade. By Summer we’ll be rolling out some new options for learning and implementing the Tenacious Change Approach. You are welcome to download the original paper, but you’ll want to be coming back here regularly to Watch Us Change Tenaciously!


If you are anxious to learn more about what is going on and where we’ve been working with the Tenacious Change Approach, use the link below to schedule a time talk.

Changing Forward: Engagements that Make a Difference

I am convinced the secret to almost any good thing happening among people is relational trust.

Building relational trust is when fear, animosity, conflict, and the status quo begins to transform into cooperation, equity, respect, inclusion, collaboration, peace, and working together for social change and the greater good of all.

A good day for me is when I can help social profit, nonprofit, and public leaders, their organizations, and their agencies grasp the importance of relational trust, let it guide their decision making, and inform their strategy…regardless of their goal.

At Tenacious Change we do not try to do everything, preferring to do a few things with excellence. Take a moment to check out the various engagements we offer after you reflect on these three questions:

  1. What is a good day for you?
  2. For your organization or agency?
  3. How can we help you have a lot more good days in the future?

Tom Klaus, PhD

Meet Our Founder

Tom Klaus, PhD

Hey, I’m Tom and thanks for stopping by!

I would love to hear what brought you to this website and what you are doing for the greater good in your part of the world.

I like meeting people and I’d be delighted to have a chance to meet you. Now that we have all become much more familiar and comfortable with video conferencing, please use the link below to schedule a 30-minute “Meet & Greet” with me via Zoom, Google Meet, or phone.

Until we talk, take a few minutes to learn more about me and my work through Tenacious Change and the Tenacious Change Approach.

One more thing…my friend and colleague, Sharna Fabiano, featured me in her podcast recently and we had an engaging conversation on relational trust. If you’ve got an extra few minutes before our “Meet & Greet,” I hope you’ll get to know me better through this interview.


Looking forward to meeting you!

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