Be a Change Management Rocket Scientist
When you get down to it, change management is a pretty “soft science”
– a combination of ideas from organizational psychology, sociology,
cultural anthropology (and some other things ending in “ology” that I
This, however, does not impress our friends in the “hard
sciences” (engineers, chemists, physicists and other things not ending
in “ology”). These guys become suspicious if you talk to them about
things you can’t put in a test tube. “Show me the empirical evidence”
they say when you talk to them about the soft-side of organizational
change. “I want to see the data” or “give me the formula”. This is when a
change manager turns into a rocket scientist and pulls out their secret
scientific weapon the CHANGE EQUATION!
The effect is magical! Immediately our left brain sequential thinking colleagues become calmer. “Aha!! and equation - whoopee - sounds like math!” they say.
So what is the CHANGE EQuATION all about—well here it is:
D x V x F > R
- D = Level of dissatisfaction with the present situation
- V = A clear vision of what is possible in the future
- F = Known and achievable first steps towards achieving this vision
- R = Resistance to change
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