Change Basics: Change begins within oneself

How can anyone lead a Change or be a consultant during this process if he is not mentally fit for Change and prepared respectively? Change is not something you jump in. Change is a constant mindset, the will to improve things, the ambition to improve oneself. I never considered change consulting as a mere job, and every day I try to remind myself to the innermost change model anyone can be confronted with – the personal behavioral change model…

I will touch upon this model known as the “behavior change model“. Like many other model it is made up of 5 distinct phases in most cases (respectively in its original version). The phases are the following:

  1. Pre-Contemplation
  2. Contemplation
  3. Preparation
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance

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I will shortly explain the phases 1, 3 and 5, as those are the most important ones and also the most ambiguous ones.
In order to move from the pre-contemplation phase into the contemplation phase something must happen – often it is external factors that make it clear to oneself that the current course of things can not be continued.
In the early phases the cons will outweigh the pros, this is where you have to be mentally strong to overcome this, if achieved you can move to the contemplation phase.
The preparation phase can last quiet long. Many people experiment in this phase. In order to succeed and make a successful change in your behavior, motivation is essential, as you move through the phases motivation increases.
Finally the holy grail of behavioral change is the maintenance stage where motivation is great and there are many noticeable improvements.

Anyone that is preparing for a change project, or intending to confront employees with Change should perform an in-deep and honest introspection and check where he is located personally within this model. As a second step he should consider where his key executives are and together with them discuss the potential state of being of the entire personnel. So remember:

  1. Check your self and your state of mind
  2. Check the state of mind of your key executives
  3. Discuss the state of mind of your personnel together with executives

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