Having worked in change environments for many years and used a wide range of change models for many different types of change we found it useful to collate and categorise models for ease of reference.
In compiling this taxonomy the sheer volume of change related models was a surprise, in some ways a testament to the view that change can be challenging, and the argument a purely formulaic approach is not possible given that humans are wonderfully unique and change situations can be highly varied. Our view is that understanding, appreciation, empathy, flexibility and resilience coupled with a desire to learn are foundational capabilities to enable those delivering change. Firstly, to be in a resourceful state themselves, in order that they support others and deliver effective change. Methods are much like tools, the right one, in the right hands, at the right time can be hugely benefits, and the wrong tools in the wrong hands, at the wrong time…..
This taxonomy is in no way complete, in this third version we have added: Change Rx, Galbraith Star Model, Positive Deviance and Whole System Transformation; further enhancements are In Q1 2021 we will publish version 4, we’d welcome your thoughts on any missing models. In the meantime hope you find this version of the taxonomy of use.
Feel free to provide us feedback, any suggestions for additional models and/or share with anyone else you feel will benefit from the resource.
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He has a range of change models and a large set of book reviews that are a must for anyone interested in change, leadership and culture.
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