Managing Change

By | May 3, 2007
Change is a day-to-day reality for organisations. In order to succeed they have to be able to adapt. But there’s no single model of change and no single solution to managing it effectively. Many kinds of organisational change occur, for example, culture change, restructuring, reorganising, each of which may mean something different to different people and in different organisational contexts.
The Kubler-Ross Change Curve
This process was developed by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross on the basis of her work with people undergoing change. It identifies the typical stages that people go through in response to change. To manage the process effectively it is essential that managers can first identify the stage that their team is at and then adopt appropriate strategies.

Stage 1 – Shock
Shock and surprise to the event or announcement.
Stage 2 – Denial
Denial of the change and finding ways to convince yourself and others that it isn’t really happening.
Stage 3 – Frustration
On the way down and experiencing anger and frustration. Often accompanied by a tendency to blame others and lash out. No acceptance of the change yet.
Stage 4 – Depression
Hitting rock bottom and experiencing depression and apathy. Everything seems pointless and purposeless. Lack of self-confidence.
Stage 5 – Experimentation
This is where people who haven’t given up entirely and opted out of the process, start to experiment with the new situation and try new things out.
Stage 6 – Decisions
Deciding what works and what doesn’t. Coming to terms with what’s happened and beginning to feel more optimistic and positive.
Stage 7 – Integration
Integrating the changes into life so it becomes part of the way things are now done.
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