The Democratic and Republican parties of the US, and on the other, the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China, may seem to be polar opposites but they have much in common. From their similarities you can discern general principles at work, some of which can be applied to the management of corporation. No matter how strong the organization was in previous times, no matter its triumphs, it is likely different today. Organizations that work by interacting with the broad public are inherently dynamic, and organizations that do not know this ossify. Once the organization determines not to ossify and to focus on its core beliefs, the crucial step is to match those core beliefs to the real world. When change is required, assess its optimum pace. For the Democratic Party, there is urgency since its members are clamoring for change. For the Communist Party, stability for China is essential, so change must be evolutionary not revolutionary.