Whether you have tried to make some changes in your own life or in your organisation, you will probably have heard of some, if not all, of these reasons/statistics about change:
Why? The reasons about failure and resistance to change are many and include:
Here’s a way that I learnt some years ago about implementing change in both a business and personal context that works and can really help identify where the obstacles to real and sustainable change lie.
The formula for change (see below) was created by Bleckhard and Gleicher (and simplified by Dannemiller), all organisational development giants in their field. It is typically used when a business is faced with changing circumstances and needs to identify the need for change, the future goal and how change is to be implemented. This is equally useful when applied to individual employees, leaders or personal circumstances when planning a personal development change.
D x V x F >R
In the model:
The key thing about this model are the relations between the D, the V and the F, where they are multiplied together and together they need to be greater than R for change to happen. The interesting thing here is the mathematical truth in the model: If D or V or F are zero then the left side of the relation will be zero and, therefore, there will be no change.
Can you apply this model to manage or implement change you see in your business or personal life? If you have tried to change something in the past, does this model help you identify where you might have gone wrong or what you may have missed in your change process?