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Resistance to Change
What makes a ballet dance beautiful and captivating? How can some dance partners create such harmony and coordination?
The major contributor in ‘two people dancing a perfect dance’ is in their goals and attitude towards each other.
In a well-performed dance, both parties have the same goal and the coordinated routines. This enables them to move in harmony and support each other.
When each side has its own goals and its own perceived reality, each party tries to ‘move’ the other person towards what they believe to be the right thing, towards their own interests and goals; and there lies one of the major difficulties of the process: The Resistance to Change.
Inertia Towards Change
People, the same as objects, have equilibrium states. Every person has a fixed status quo. They form ideas and hold beliefs based on their experiences, understandings, and knowledge. This status quo creates considerable inertia towards change.
Moving something from its equilibrium state and changing its position, needs a very fine art of Change Management.
How Does Change Management Work?
Change Management is a major field of study and practice with an extensive collection of invaluable resources and theories developed by various scholars and professionals. There are numbers of frameworks dedicated to illustrate and facilitate the understanding of the process of change management.
Every change management process can be divided into three phases: Unfreeze, Move, and Freeze.
The first step is to unfreeze the current status quo and the balanced equilibrium. Unfreezing makes the intractable-fixed objects turn into a more malleable state.
The second step in the process of change management is to move towards the desired situation: the next equilibrium state. This is the most delicate part of the process in which handling an unfrozen (hence more malleable) object must be done in absolute care and diligence.
The final step is to fix the new equilibrium state by freezing the object in its new situation, hence securing it in place and maintaining the equilibrium.