It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift, and Here’s How You Do It

One of my favorite aspects of modern thinking is the summarizing of information. No longer do we face the long winded rants of experts that fail to get to the point. (Although, I myself have been guilty of such shortcomings on occasion.)

 

Now our information must give us what we seek as quickly and efficiently as possible, preferably 140 characters or less, failure to do so results in the reader losing interest.

 

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The reason why the above infographic by the Center for Creative Leadership is so brilliant is that it is to the point and gives over valuable information that otherwise would take a while to breakdown. The 4-Phase Change Process breaks Change into 4 major steps.

Discovering:

 

The first stage in the change process is identifying the need for change and a viable solution to the problems at hand or the desired improvements. Rear Admiral Grace Hopper once said: “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way’”. We need to think outside of the proverbial box. The first step in Phase 1, is a paradigm shift.

Deciding:

 

The second phase is all about deciding on how to implement your plan that you thought-up in stage 1. “Ask yourself Ïs it viable?”, “How will my company react to it?” And “What are its faults?”

Doing:

 

Implement. Arguably the hardest of the 4 phases, because this is the phase when you bring your plan into action and see if it is successful. It is the first real time that those affected by the change will actually have the opportunity to work with it. It is vital to observe how those affected react to your changes.

Discerning:

 

Observe and report. This phase is post change, learn from where you went wrong. This phase is critical. Here we can fully understand what our shortcomings were and how to correct them in the future.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this long winded rant, although I made no promises to limit myself to 140 characters.

 

 

Christopher Smith
Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.
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