Barriers to change LO28176

From: Wirth, Ross (
Date: 04/08/02

Replying to LO28041 --

The comment below on resistance to change highlights one of the central
issues of change. We (individually and collectively) are constantly
changing in some way. What I am coming to see as the key issue of change
is where the pressure for change originates. If we originate the change,
it is good. However, any change imposed by outside forces is potentially
seen as a threat to the part of the status quo that we want retained. I
think there is also an initial rejection of any change, no matter how
beneficial, until we have personally investigated the proposal and its
consequences to us personally. Lewin, Kotter, and many other change
theorists address this situation in their change model. Though, for a
clearer explanation of this change process, I find the Transtheoretical
Model (TTM - stages of change) to be better at explaining both the
barriers to change and the possible interventions that might be taken.
Is there anyone on the list who is using the TTM in their organizational
learning and organizational change efforts?
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>Very often people will start with what many change guru's push -- the
>idea that change is always difficult, and that people will naturally
>resist change. That idea is easy to absorb into our belief systems. Yet
>when we critically examine change in our lives, I think we'd find that
>most of the time we embrace change, and worked very hard to make it turn
>out in a positive manner. We worked hard to eliminate any barriers to

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