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reactions to change exercise


I work for a small business that is planning rapid growth over the next 3 years. We have a team building event this week and I have been asked to do a slot onlikely reactions to change - what will be the barriers and how will we deal with them?

does anyone have a short awareness raising exercise?
Richard Rogers

3 Responses

  1. reactions to change
    Geraldine Bowns model of reactions to change is useful and well-received in my experience (resistance or antagonism, awareness, interest, mental tryout, real-life practice, implementation, integration). You can show it, then ask people to what extent it matches their own experience of going through change (from primary to secondary school, leaving home, new jobs etc) Each stage is facilitated by information, consultation and support.

    Then they may be interested in thinking about the changes that the business growth of this specific company will imply for them personally.

    In my experience, the key things are

    • to emphasise that all the stages are important and necessary including resisitance. The smart thing is to manage them, and help people with the process of letting go the old ways and dealing with the new.
    • to remember to respect what is past and expect people quite rightly to have trouble in letting go of some of it.
      I can email you my version of the model if that would be useful
  2. Activity resources for dealing with change
    I am currently running sessions for an organisation who have had to deal with much change (and redundancy). I use “Who moved my cheese” by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Amazon sell on line for around £3.90. I have other activities which if you’re interested can share. Ctc me via
    All the best
    People Tree Training


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