The stages of Change
- “Pre-contemplation (when a participant is not considering change because of no perceived need for change)
- Contemplation (when the participant is thinking about making changes).
- Preparation (when the participant is preparing for or becoming determined to make changes).
- Action (when the participant is actively making changes).
- Maintenance (when the participant is consistently making changes and maintaining the changes made
- Termination (when the participant no longer needs to attend to the task of maintaining the change)”
For any change to take place and to be successful, there are elements which must be present.
Three Necessary Elements for Change to occur
- One must be ready to change
- Consider any hindrances or barriers
- Try to foresee what might cause a relapse
Kendra Cherry: The Elements of Change psychology.about.com
A change has happened. How do you react, cope with it or handle it?
When change is thrust upon us the only thing we have control of is our reaction to the change .Let’s take a look at the book/video ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’
‘Who Moved My Cheese’ looks at how people struggle in their daily lives to deal with change. There are many sound bytes throughout the video of people voicing their frustrations with change and how they adapt.
Coping with change involved anticipation; being on the alert before it happens. You have to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world, in your business, in your industry in order to know if and when change may be coming. That way, you can prepare yourself and not be caught in the trap that Hem and Haw, (two characters in the movie / book), find themselves in. Read newspapers, join your professional associations, talk to people in the industry to know what’s happening and what direction companies are going in. Be prepared for change. It will happen.
Here are links for your viewing or reading.
Who Moved My Cheese
Based on the book “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson, M.D
Book – Listen to the audiobook
In his article “Coping With Change”, Dr. Bruce Gordon emphasizes five factors, of which two are to communicate and to take stock of your resources.