Change Readiness Assessment
How willing and able is your organization to adapt to change?
This module explains how a change readiness assessment helps leaders of change initiatives to understand the capacity to change that exists within individuals and groups. It highlights how organizations’ differing capacities to change are dependent on their circumstances, histories, cultures and operational environments. The module emphasizes that organizational change capability is an increasingly important performance metric and strategic objective.
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11 page facilitator guide
3 engaging training activities
19 slide presentation deck
03:00 min summary video
5 resources in reading guide
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Summary Video & Discussion
TARGET AUDIENCE: All learners SUGGESTED TIMING: 15 - 30 minutes
The module subject-matter is introduced using a short animated video. The knowledge-check and personal reflections questions are then used to explore learners’ understanding and experience before moving on to other connected activities
Facilitators can make use of a range of techniques such as brainstorming or debates to explore the knowledge check questions.
Use examples of learners’ experiences in the supplementary activity which follows.
Ever Decreasing Circles
TARGET AUDIENCE: All learners SUGGESTED TIMING: 30 - 40 minutes
This activity involves a physical exercise, where the group learns to cope with decreasing resources. The aim is to show that innovation is the key to coping with change and that cooperation works better than competition.
The resources are represented by circles on the ground. Each time you say ‘move’ they have to change to another circle and have both feet inside a circle. You progressively remove the circles, forcing them to cooperate and innovate.
Assessing Change Readiness
TARGET AUDIENCE: All learners SUGGESTED TIMING: 40 - 60 minutes
This activity takes learners who are new to change through a type of change readiness assessment. Where possible, it should be based on their own organization; however there are generic scenarios available.
Learners should work in small groups and the activity should end with each group presenting their assessments to the other groups and receiving feedback from their fellow learners.
DURATION: 03:00 MINS
Explains concepts in a concise, memorable manner. Includes a bulleted summary at the conclusion and matching job-aid handout PDF.
Comprehensive yet easy-to-follow instructions for facilitating workshops with the above training activities. Includes useful tips and sample answers to questions. No expertise in the topic area is required.
Presentation Slide Deck
For use during workshops in both PDF & editable PPT formats. Slide numbers for each activity are referenced in the Facilitation Guide.
RESOURCES LISTED: 5
Useful for participants wishing to deep dive into the module topic with links to the web's best articles, books and tools. PDF format.
Everything you need to facilitate successful training activities.
- Commitment to change postcards
- Job-aid summary
- Organizational Change Readiness Assessment
- Terminology flash cards
Tools & Templates
Used during training activities. These can also be used for change implementation.
- Organizational change readiness assessment
This module will activate your organization to:
- help managers to understand that not everyone will be ready to adopt change behaviors at the same time and with the same level of involvement, interest and commitment
- achieve clarity about the nature and purpose of the assessment that is being conducted while performing a change readiness assessment
- understand how crucial it is for change leaders to understand the existing nature of the organization, its culture, prominent leadership styles as well as changes that are already underway
- consider the impact of implementing change actions with little regard to the readiness of the people whom those change actions will affect
- reassure members within organizations responsible for continuous improvement and quality programs that such processes within organizations are taken into account by change initiatives at this stage
- show change teams that they can make adjustments and tweaks to their change management methodology based upon what issues they find at this stage
- encourage change groups to create their own readiness assessment tools that will suit their organization’s unique situation
- demonstrate to senior executives that the implementation of a particular change initiative is timely or not or, that it must be prioritized amongst other change initiatives
This module will empower your teams and individuals to:
- understand the importance of gauging the organization’s capacity to change prior to implementing a change initiative
- awareness of the uses of both qualitative and quantitative measures of readiness
- knowledge of how to use a readiness measure to identify potential sources of resistance
This module is ideal for use at this stage of change implementation:
This module will boost engagement levels during the following change methodology stages:
|Change Management Methodology||Stage / phase|
|AIM (Accelerated Implementation Methodology)||Define the Implementation|
|Prosci Enterprise Change Management Model||Vision: Assess current state|
|Bridges Leading Transition Model for Change||The Neutral Zone: Listen, empathize, support|
|Beckhard and Harris Change Management Process||Establishing the need for change|
|The Change Leader’s Roadmap model||Phase III – Assess the Situation to Determine Design Requirements|
|LaMarsh Change Management Model||Identify the Change|
|Viral Change Roadmap Model||Development|
|General Electric Change Acceleration Process (CAP)||Shaping a Vision|