The three stages of change identified by psychologist Kurt Lewin are the basis of most change management approaches today.
They are very easy to understand – unfreeze, transition, re-freeze!
There are simple techniques you can use at each stage to move people through and to complete your change successfully.
Unfreeze: People like to feel safe and in control. Their sense of identity is tied into their present environment; so, they like to stay in their comfort zone! Talking about the future is rarely enough to get them to change.
But there are simple techniques you can use to get them to “thaw” and to make them ready for change.
Transition For Lewin change is a journey. This journey may not be that simple and the person may need to go through several stages of misunderstanding before they get to the other side.
It is very easy to get caught up in this middle stage. Transition takes time and needs leadership and support! Sometimes transition can also be a pleasant trap – it may feel better to travel hopefully than arrive – particularly for the team leading the change.
Techniques used by experienced change managers move people through transition to the new destination
Refreeze At the other end of the journey, the final goal is to ‘refreeze’, putting down roots again and establishing a new place of stability – embedding new processes and developing a new culture
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