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Monday, 17 January 2011
Change Alchemy: time to freeze?
Edgar Schein talked in his book "Process
Consultation: Lessons for Managers and Consultants Volume ll" of their
being three stages of change:
unfreezing the current state,
moving to the new one and
refreezing around the new state.
This model presupposes that there is time to refreeze.
The experience now of many managers is that the pace of change means that
refreezing is something of a luxury - everything seems to be in a constant
state of transition.
Is this the case? How much of this apparent pace of
change has been manufactured by people who make a living out of change?
As a leader, is it your role to speed change up or slow things down?
Will Haywood from Stoke-on-Trent City Council has kindly emailed me to say they have organised another workshop about their CJM approach. I...
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And there was a discussion on how it could be brought down. My suggestion was to release the 'O' as well in the hope of luring a passing giant wanting to play noughts and crosses (tic tac toe for those who speak American English). The 'winning' suggestion was to find the lightest person in the group, tie all the other balloons to them and send them to retrieve it. How would you bring it down?
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Professionally, Jon is a leadership coach, change facilitator and organisational development practitioner with 30+ years experience across the public services and commercial world.
And now a blogger and writer too (www.CrackingQuestions.com)