An Overview of Change
Change is making something different from the way it was. Change is a powerful and inevitable part of life. Although many fear change, others champion it as a means to political or social success.
People can change, whether on their own or in response to external circumstances. Usually when people change, we hope for personal improvement that results in them becoming more disciplined, organized, and self-fulfilled. Professional change also happens in life as companies struggle to keep up with technological developments and market fluctuations.
Organizations as a whole need to deal with change as they seek to improve themselves in areas of efficiency, productivity, and profitability.
Because we must all deal with change at every level of life, we must learn how to manage it. As part of this effort we turn to theories of change that can help us understand, effect, and manage change so it can be a constructive rather than destructive force in our lives.
Eric Havelock formulated one widely studied and accepted theories of change and how we deal with it. Havelock's Theory of Change gives us one way of looking at change in a six stage process that acknowledges resistance to change and the need to carefully plan for change.
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