In this episode, Paul and Jeanine are exercising in their home office as Covid-19 impacts their globetrotting for a time…and apparently their ability to articulate the word ‘authentications’!!!! Using Lewis-Parkers transition curve (1981) as a framework they explore three types of changes individuals encounter on a regular basis, how to use the model to your advantage to make personal change and the four choices you have when placed in an untenable situation.
According to medical and mental health experts, people really do have the ability to change.
Three types of changes:
A popular framework used by psychologists to explain how humans experience change is the Kubler-Ross 5 stages of grief.
E.g. Facebook announces they are going to make location marking on images mandatory...we could experience the following:
Stage 1: Denial. “They won’t do that, it’s fake news.”
Stage 2: Anger. “How dare they, that’s an invasion of privacy.”
Stage 3: Bargaining. “Check the fine print for opt out/out in options.”
Stage 4. Depression. “I’m over Facebook, I hate it.”
Stage 5. Acceptance. “I’ve opted out so I’m OK with it all really.”
The feelings experienced in each of the Kubler-Ross stages may be fleeting or drawn out…there is no hard and fast rule here – just an acknowledgment that they do exist. The Kubler-Ross model has traditionally been associated with unplanned changes.
Ralph Lewis and Chris Parker, in their article ‘Beyond the Peter Principle – managing successful transitions’ describe a 7-stage evolutionary process that can help explain what happens to us during planned or unplanned changes, negative or positive changes.
Using the example of the feelings experienced when a person gets promoted into a leadership role above their peers, Lewis and Parkers’ research concluded the following 7 stages:
Individuals can move more easily through a change if they are:
Employing a coach is beneficial as they can help you reflect, acknowledge, accept, innovate, practise and mould successful behaviours and ways of thinking.
What happens if I find myself in an untenable situation…how do I make the change?
Four options model (with examples of someone who isn’t satisfied with the role they find themselves in following after an organisational restructure).
NB. Changing yourself is different from merely putting up with the situation since your thoughts, feelings and behaviour are different in the two cases.
Bridges, W. (1991). Managing transitions: making the most of change. Reading, Mass, Addison-Wesley
Hyde, Peter. (2014). Personal transitions. Available: http://peterhyde.co.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2013/09/Personal-transitions.pdf. Last accessed February 2016.
Kubler-Ross, E. (1969). On death and dying. New York: Macmillan.
Parker, Chris Lewis, Ralph. (1981). Beyond the Peter Principle, Managing Successful Transitions. Available: http://www.ralphlewis.co.uk/Change_files/Beyond%20the%20Peter%20Principle.pdf. Last accessed August 2020.