Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Change Leadership Part 2

Re-Balancing The Equilibrium

One of the most influential theories of change within organizations was proposed by Kurt Lewin. In his theory, Lewin describes change as the need of the organization to reach equilibrium or stability and that both driving and restraining forces are always at play to disturb this state of equilibrium.

Driving Forces
What are the main forces driving the change?  (For example, the need for more sales or profits.)

Restraining Forces
What are the main forces that could stop the change from happening? (For example, no funds for Marketing)
As the simple examples above highlight, balancing the equilibrium is a challenging task that requires strong change leadership skills.

Kurt Lewin proposed that  re-balancing the equilibrium requires the following three distinct steps:  
  • Unfreezing
  • Changing (Moving)
  • Refreezing
Until next time...



Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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