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Short exercise to help understand change?


Whilst there's lots of theory about change and its impact on individuals and teams I want to do a short 30 minute activity with a group (to b followed by debrief) to start to bring out the key issues.
Does anyone have a suggestion thats worked in the past?
Many thanks

rick martin

4 Responses

  1. Web Sites Galore!

    The following web sites give some great tips and ideas on managing change.
    All the above URL’s relate to Dr Scott Simmerman’s wonderful Square Wheels web site. Managing change is a principal area covered here, all the above links are worth the visit.
    A cast study and write up of how change was managed at UPS. Interesting.
    A change management 101 primer – a great site for getting the basics on managing change, covers all the essential issues and in some detail – an absolute must.
    A fantastic web site, a veritable toolbox of ideas and techniques for managing and leading the process of change. Any one involved in this area and looking for ideas will not be disappointed by a visit here.
    Change and e learning combined here as inter-supportive disciplines. Some original and constructive ideas for taking and using e learning through periods of change. Good stuff.
    Interesting links on this page to two articles looking at: ‘Cultural Change – What and How’ and ‘Managing Organisational Change.’

    An absolute treasure trove of ideas, articles and input on the change process and the change agent function.
    A number of articles on the change process, more pitched at the strategic level, but still interesting.
    A short 9 tips on effective change management.
    An excellent range of change agent articles, really useful.

  2. Handy’s frog…
    Hi Rick,

    It may be included in one of the sites listed below, but Charles Handy’s tale of the frog in a pan of cold water works well as an introduction. It goes something like this:

    Take the example of a frog.

    If you place a frog in a pan of cold water and then put the pan on a hot plate, the frog remains unaware of its changing environment.

    Eventually it will boil and die.

    Colin Hamilton

  3. Change
    We have often asked participants to do the following:
    Fold their arms, then fold them the other way. Ask them then to unfold their arms and gain feedback to how it felt. Then ask them to fold their arms again. Nearly all will revert to folding them the way they’ve always done it. Discuss learning points.
    Also get participants to wear the wrist watch on the wrong wrist for the duration of the course and ask them how it feels / felt.
    I hope this helps


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