Predicting the Difficulty of Change: Unclear Future Image

Change involves taking people away from a known situation and going to a relative unknown.  Confusion, hesitation, and outright resistance are common.  If leadership does not have a clear image of the future state then the extent of these negative reactions may be under-managed, adding to the risks of change failure.  For more on this topic go HERE.

Predicting The Difficulty of Change, A Series

The difficulty of change can be predicted – within limits.  In this blog series I will consider factors that may predict where change will be resisted.  Of course, change can fail for many reasons that are very simple – such as lack of a raw material necessary for a change.  I’ll give brief consideration to such factors; yet, these are mostly self-evident.  Alternatively, in the context of LimbicZen the focus is how we as individuals or groups may resist change.  With this focus I’ll consider a variety of factors that predict change difficulty.   We’ll consider some tests to help us know when these factors are present.  We’ll also consider how to approach these issues from a neuroscience perspective.   For more on the opening perspectives go HERE.

Neuroeconomics and the New Science of Behavior

Wouldn’t it be great if you could understand the stock market precisely; or, if you could know precisely how to sell things to differing kinds of individuals; or, if you could predict how the leaders of a large company where you are employed were likely to react to new market conditions?  We are moving in those directions. (MORE)

Social Microenvironments: Concept and Applications

The term “micro-environment” is typically used in biology, particularly plant biology.  It references the concept of a small environment which provides unique growing conditions, differentiated from a larger surrounding environment. In the setting of biology the term is often hyphenated (micro-environment).  But here we won’t hyphenate it.  (You’ll learn why later.)  (MORE)

What is “Change Management”?

The first perspective of “change management” is that different fields of endeavor use the same term with very different implications.

Within LimbicZen one area of attention is perspectives of behavioral change and adaptation within organizations.  Problems with effective adaptation to changing business circumstance are well-recognized and costly.  Failure of effective, efficient adaptation may even threaten the life of the business itself (as arguably seen recently in the history of Kodak).  So, businesses are looking for experts who may assist them in the complex processes of facilitating human behavioral adaptation to change.  They are looking for people to assist with what is now being called behavioral change management.

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Dress “Code”

This is from the “fun stuff with a point” files.

Last night I watched a very charming biography of Bill Cunningham – a famous New York Times journalist and “institution” whose specialty is a chronicle of women’s clothes as seen on the streets and venues of New York.  Some New York fashionistas measure their success by how often they have appeared in the Cunningham pages.  If you have the time, the program “Bill Cunningham – New York” is delightful.

But, the way we dress reveals much deeper stories than the latest designer.  For a link to the Cunningham story and some consideration of the deeper stories of fashion go to…(More)