10 principles in change management

Here are ten principles of change as described by Stan Goldberg, PhD, on Psychology Today.

1. All behaviors are complex

  • Break down the behavior into smaller parts and conquer them one at a time.

2. Change is frightening

  • Examine the consequences.
  • Prepare your observers, introduce them slowly to the change.
  • Be realistic with goals.

3. Change must be positive

  • Reinforcement works, punishment does not.
  • Enjoy the act.
  • Admire the outcome.
  • Reward yourself when you meet your objectives.

4. Being is easier than becoming

  • Activities that bring more pain than gain are the ones people drop first.
  • Take baby steps.
  • Simplify the process, remember the KISS rule: Keep It Short and Simple.
  • Prepare for problems: make a backup plan and be flexible enough to take alternative roads when the main path is blocked.

5. Slower is better

  • Establish calm.
  • Appreciate the path – it’s also the journey that matters.

6. Know more, do better

  • Monitor your behaviors: keep a journal to track your success.
  • Request feedback.
  • Understand the outcome.

7. Change requires structure

  • Identify what works, eliminate unhelpful stuff.
  • Revisit your plan regularly: make your plan organic, change tactics instead of strategies.
  • Logically sequence events.

8. Practice is necessary

  • Use helpers – ask people you trust.
  • Practice in many settings.

9. New behaviors must be protected

  • Control your environment, make it work for you.
  • Use memory aides.

10. Small successes are big

  • Map your success.
  • Break the overall success in smaller successful moments, it builds self-esteem.

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