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Agile Learning for Sustainable Change: Steps through the Sharp Rocks

Agile Learning for Sustainable Change: Steps through the Sharp Rocks | Change Management Resources |
You’ve probably experienced it, that uncomfortable feeling of letting go of something tried and formerly true without knowing what is coming next. Welcome to the Neutral Zone, coined by chang...

For now, consider that the middle state of letting go to enter the Neutral Zoneincludes building improved learning agility, a developmental process as we:

1) UnLearnlet go and prepare to accept something new,

2) Adapt, pilot and test new thinking and behaviors, and

3) Demonstrate New Learning (accept and refine new behaviors.)

A great metaphor for developing agility in learning can be found in rediscovering, and perhaps fully clarifying former misunderstanding of the classic change management research of Kurt Lewin. With credit to researcher Ron Koller, Lewin’s more nuanced, elegant original change work is diagrammed below.  His work has been oversimplified over the years as simply:  

1) Unfreeze,

2) Moving (Change), and

3) Refreeze2 (into the new state. )

See the full diagram of Lewin's original interrupted time series design in the full post here as well as what is key from Lewin and other change research.

Photo credit:   VinothChandar

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is one of my own posts in which I have the delight of uncovering a deeper, clearer understanding of the original change work of Kurt Lewin, as well as offering a Learning Agility perspective connected to current stories, Bob Johansen's VUCA perspective and Bridge's classic transitions work (a two-parter.)  

Thanks for stopping by!  ~  Deb

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Change and Endings: Letting Go and Acceptance before New Beginnings

Change and Endings: Letting Go and Acceptance before New Beginnings | Change Management Resources |

"Successful transition through endings is a necessary skill these days. A William Bridges classic gives insights into helping endings succeed." 

This is one of my own posts on a popular summary of Bridges' work on the differences between change and transition:

  • How to help endings be successful
  • Access to a downloadable Bridges model article
  • Get the strategies list for successful endings


Sometimes an ending is a major, transformative revelation for a business, such as when CEO Darwin Smith exclaimed they needed to shut down the paper mills leading the shift to a new way of doing business.  


"It isn't the changes that do you in, it's the transitions.

...Change is external, transition is internal."  

William Bridges


Successful endings:


  • Allow you to enter the Neutral Zone (like the Black Forest) of transitions and change, according to William Bridges
Read the full article here.  The downloadable model is on Deb's TOOLS page here.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, November 24, 2012 1:02 PM
Thanks for sharing this Harry. :-)