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The simplicity of the Lewin change model


Private Samuel K. Wilson (1841-1865) of the St...
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I find that the Lewin three stage model briefs very well to organizational members who have been assigned to a change management project. It doesn’t take very much to communicate the essential ideas of his process. I wonder sometimes if it is too simple and assumes away too much complexity to be rigorous.

In the trade-off between theoretical rigor and practical application, which side of the fence do you find yourself on?

My extensive background in Army tactical units keeps me on the side of practical application and it takes an effort for me to pull theory into practice and stay with it when the going gets tough. It’s all too easy for me to revert to intuition and hunches, a tendency I have to guard against.

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