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Choosing a Change Management Methodology

How do we choose a path?

This module explains how change management methodologies help organizations to navigate through change. It overviews the similarities between prominent methodologies and describes how they must be adapted to suit an organization’s unique circumstances. The module also emphasizes the importance of ensuring that senior leaders, managers and supervisors within organizations are familiar with a chosen change management methodology.



13 page facilitator guide
4 engaging training activities
23 slide presentation deck
03:00 min summary video
8 handouts
14 resources in reading guide



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Materials included


Summary Video


Explains concepts in a concise, memorable manner. Includes a bulleted summary at the conclusion and matching job-aid handout PDF.


Facilitation Guide


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.


Reading Guide


Useful for participants wishing to deep dive into the module topic with links to the web's best articles, books and tools. PDF format.


Activity Handouts

Everything you need to facilitate successful training activities.

  • Building Bridges – instructions for facilitators
  • Change Management Methodologies, Models & Approaches
  • Commitment to change postcards
  • Job-aid summary
  • Six Thinking Hats – flashcards
  • Six Thinking Hats – instructions for facilitators
  • Terminology flash cards


Tools & Templates

Used during training activities. These can also be used for change implementation.

  • Appreciative Inquiry Worksheet
  • Personal change readiness self-assessment


This module will activate your organization to:

  • create an understanding of the underlying similarities between different proprietary change management frameworks and methodologies
  • ensure that those leading a change have considered the need to investigate and understand the internal features of the organization prior to choosing between change management methodologies
  • help change sponsors or senior leaders in an organization understand the benefits of choosing a known change management methodology, adapting it to suit the organization’s unique situation and committing to adopting and following it
  • caution a group against adopting an ad-hoc approach to change management, given the lower success rates that are seen by organizations that do not follow a formal change management methodology
  • help managers and other change stakeholders understand why choosing and following a formal change management methodology is critical to the success of change initiatives

This module will empower your teams and individuals to:

  • be aware of the multitude of change management methodologies
  • understand the similarities among change management methodologies
  • adapt change management methodologies to suit the particular circumstances of the organization, given that every change management methodology will not necessarily suit every organization
  • follow their change management methodology with an understanding that change initiatives that follow an ad-hoc or improvised approach have a far lower success rate than those in which a formal change approach is adopted and followed

This module is ideal for use at this stage of change implementation:

Pre-implementationDuring ImplementationPost-implementation

Training Activities


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.


Building Bridges

TARGET AUDIENCE: All learners SUGGESTED TIMING: 10 - 15 minutes

This activity uses a practical example to demonstrate why having a method makes change more successful. Learners divide into small groups and are given materials to build a small paper bridge between two marker pens. However they are not given any instructions.

When they have built their bridges, the other learners guess how many small coins (such as those the size of pennies, cents, centimes, etc.) the bridge can support.

Once the bridges have been tested, the facilitator builds their own bridge using the instructions provided and this bridge is tested.


Popular Methodologies, Models & Approaches

TARGET AUDIENCE: Learners new to change SUGGESTED TIMING: 45 - 60 minutes

In this activity, small groups of learners research popular change management methodologies, models and approaches. They prepare a short presentation to the rest of the group and then a group discussion is held to compare and contrast these various organizing principles applied to change initiatives.


The Six Thinking Hats

TARGET AUDIENCE: Executives, experienced change agents, sponsors SUGGESTED TIMING: 45 - 60 minutes

In this activity, small groups of more experienced learners discuss the main points of, strengths and weaknesses of common change methodologies using Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats technique.

Using briefing materials provided, facilitate a discussion on each of the methodologies.

Where numbers permit, each learner should take it in turns to wear the blue hat – i.e. chair the discussion – with your support where needed.

Each learner (or small group, if there are too many) should be allocated a change management methodology. This can be done during the session, in which case around 10 minutes should be allowed for them to review their briefing materials. However it is preferable that these allocations be made before the course, giving them time to research their methodology.

During the first white hat round for each methodology the designated learner should give a brief overview of the methodology to the rest of the group.

For more information on facilitating using the Six Thinking Hats, see the facilitators’ briefing sheet.



Compatibility Guide