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