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05 December 2021
Change Management Models

There are an endless number of change management models, but they all have the same goal: to make organizations efficient and effective. This does not mean you should use whichever model your favorite consulting firm advises for their piece-of-cake project; rather it's about understanding what kind of problem each pattern solves with its various techniques before deciding which will be best suited towards solving yours in order save time during implementation as well as avoid mistakes that may lead down unsuccessful paths like confusing stakeholders with inaccurate information or wasting resources on unproductive projects.

What are The Change Management Models?

Linear Model :This is the simplest and most often used model: an idea, a plan, and its implementation. It can be applied to small and complex projects alike. Using this model (which we will call linear) we follow these steps:

Idea —> planning —> action —> feedback loop —> change in plans  (repeat as necessary)

Linear models are best suited for simpler situations where the risks of failure are low such as business as usual (BAU), improvement (KAIZEN), or maintenance projects.      

Generally speaking it's not recommended that you use linear models for innovative projects as there is a high risk of failure. However, it can be used in special cases where the organization wants to maintain the status quo.

Diverging / Converging Model: This model (which we will call diverging / converging) is another common model that can be used for small and complex projects alike. It follows these steps:

Idea —> planning —> divergence into options —> convergence on a plan —> action —> feedback loop  (repeat as necessary)

Diverging / converging models are best suited for situations where change is desired such as product development, marketing campaigns, or new business ventures. The main advantage of this model is that it allows for flexibility and creativity, however the risk of failure is also higher. This model can be used in conjunction with linear models for innovative projects where both high risks and rewards are involved.

This model has some important caveats: it does not exclude the option to go back and forth between divergence and convergence (back and forth), nor does it necessarily mean that we end up with one solution; we may end up with several options —> pick our favorite —> go back to divergence —> converge on a new plan—>action. Although this will add time and effort on implementation , if done correctly, it can save you from making costly mistakes by testing out your ideas on a smaller scale before implementing them more broadly. It's best to make sure you have a good idea of the risks involved, determine a threshold at which you will stop going back and forth, and ensure that all necessary preparations are in place before continuing with the actual implementation.


1.The One and Done Model 

2. The Incremental Model 

3. The Immediate Action Model

4. The Strategic Change Management Model

The One and Done Model

The one and done model is a change management model in which changes are made by a single individual, without any middlemen getting involved in between initial ideas and finished products. This makes it easier to manage changes, as there is less opportunity for things to go wrong.

When you're managing changes yourself, you don't have to worry about other people's opinions or feedback. You can make changes directly to the product, and see how they work before deciding whether or not to keep them. This can be especially useful when you're working on a prototype or a beta version of a product.

The one and done model also has the advantage of being more efficient. There is no need for multiple rounds of feedback and revision, as everything is done in a single step. This can save time and money, and it can also help to speed up the development process.

However, the one and done model does have some disadvantages. It can be more difficult to make changes when you're working on a complex product, and it's also more difficult to get feedback from others. It's important to remember that the one and done model is not perfect, and it should not be used in every situation. However, it can be a useful tool for managing changes in a fast and efficient way.

The Incremental Model

The incremental model is a process that enables organizations to make small, manageable changes in their work environments. These are often implemented as "increments" and can be completed one step at time with little or no risk of disrupting business operations because they only affect specific tasks within an individual job role rather than entire departments (or even groups).

This type of change management is especially beneficial for businesses that are experiencing rapid growth or those that are making the transition from a traditional to a more modern way of working. Incremental changes can help to gradually shift employees' behaviors and processes so that everyone is comfortable with the new way of doing things before it's fully implemented.

Additionally, incremental changes allow for more flexibility and adaptability, which can be essential in fast-paced and ever-changing industries. By making small changes that can be easily adapted to new circumstances, businesses can avoid the costly mistakes that can often be associated with large-scale transformations.

Ultimately, the incremental model is a great way to introduce change gradually and ensure that it's implemented in a way that is both manageable and effective. If you're looking for a way to make changes in your organization without risking business operations, the incremental model is definitely worth considering.

The Immediate Action Model

Implementation of any change is always a very complex matter. It requires time, attention and patience from all the involved parties in order to accomplish successfully. However, this process can be accelerated when making use of the immediate action model. This approach enables people to make quick decisions while still involving them in the whole process while also providing them opportunities for feedback during decision-making throughout certain stages so that there won't be any surprises when it comes down time executing on those ideas/services etc...

The immediate actions model has been designed under the assumption that projects are divided into three broad categories. Firstly, this model should be used before projects are launched or even conceived. The second approach would be for managing existing projects or within your organization's structure while finally, this model can be used to manage projects that have been terminated.

Decision-making is a process where many different people are involved and their decisions, as well as the timing of those decisions, will affect how much effort needs to go into making those changes happen. This decision-making process could include the involvement of job functions from across an organization from finance/accounting, operations, sales/marketing and human resource departments either by invitation or proposition. They should all contribute towards a solution together in order to help the project move forward successfully through its various stages throughout implementation which involves several key components such as preparing for change management to actualizing that change then finally redefining what you've implemented for future reference etc...

In order to accomplish this, the immediate action model has three fundamental steps. The first one is "information gathering" which is about understanding the issue at hand and collecting all the relevant data in order to make an informed decision. Once that's done, you move on to the "analysis" stage where you'll need to assess all of the gathered information in order to come up with potential solutions. The last step is "implementation" where you put the chosen solution into action.

Throughout these three steps, it's important that feedback is constantly solicited from those involved as it will help improve both the quality of decisions as well as the speed of implementation. This feedback can come from a variety of sources such as team members, department heads, customers or anyone else who might be able to offer a fresh perspective on the issue as it's directly related to their line of work.

So, as you can see there are some great advantages associated with making use of the immediate action model. One such advantage is its capacity for increasing stakeholder engagement by involving them in the decision-making process and also providing them opportunities for feedback throughout development which ensures everyone is very much up-to-date on how things are progressing and more importantly exactly where they're headed once it comes time to start executing on those ideas/services etc...

The immediate action model is an approach that should be used when your organization wants to move quickly and at the same time involve people from all over without having any hidden surprises when it actually becomes time to start executing on those ideas/services.

The Strategic Change Management Model

The Strategic Change Management Model has entails five key elements. It involves developing a feasible strategy to execute on your planned changes while also considering other factors such as company culture or economics at work in order to find an effective solution that you can both live with long term. 

1) Communicate the goal 

2) Assess risks and opportunities for change 

3) Develop a feasible strategy to execute on your planned changes 

4) Consider other factors such as company culture or economics at work 

5) Find an effective solution that you can both live with long term.

A big part of any successful business is looking ahead and preparing for future challenges, but this can be difficult when conditions are constantly changing. The Strategic Change Management Model provides a framework for planning and implementing changes in a way that minimizes risk and maximizes opportunity. 

The first step is to communicate the goal of the change initiative to all stakeholders. This includes making sure everyone understands why the change is necessary, what specific objectives are being sought, and how everyone will benefit from its successful implementation. Once everyone is on board, it's time to assess the risks and opportunities for change. This involves looking at all potential implications of making the change, both good and bad, as well as considering any possible ways to capitalize on new opportunities that may arise

Once a clear strategy has been developed, it's time to put it into action. This involves creating an action plan with specific steps, roles and responsibilities assigned to each team member. Having clear guidelines will prevent any potential misunderstandings or confusion later on that could derail the project. Finally, it is important to determine how success will be measured and monitored throughout the change process. This will help ensure all expectations are met & everyone's efforts align towards achieving common goals.

Here's what your successful change initiative should accomplish: 

1) Clearly defined goal(s) 

2) A feasible strategy for executing on your planned changes 

3) Mitigation of risks associated with making the changes being implemented 

4) A plan in place for capitalizing new opportunities created by making the changes being implemented 

5) Measurable objectives to track progress and ensure the changes are having the desired effect 

Follow these five steps and your next change initiative will be off to a successful start!

The Strategic Change Management Model is a great way to plan and execute changes in a way that minimizes risk and maximizes opportunity. By communicating the goal of the change initiative to all stakeholders, assessing the risks and opportunities for change, developing a clear strategy, and putting a plan in place with specific steps, roles and responsibilities assigned, you can make sure that everyone is on board and understands what is expected of them. This will help ensure that the change process runs smoothly and that everyone's efforts are aligned towards achieving common goals. Successfully implementing changes can be difficult, but by following the Strategic Change Management Model, you'll be well on your way to a successful change initiative!


1) What are the most effective techniques for implementing organizational change? 

2) Are all of these techniques appropriate for every organization, or does your company have a different strategy that you owe it to yourself to implement? 

3) Is it necessary for an employee's attitude to change in order for them to be more open about change?

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Monica Bourbon

She describes himself as someone who loves to write about digital marketing, social media and public relations. His personal development special interest lies in self-improvement through reading books on the subject of human behavior; she also has an eye for how these topics apply outside just business or career settings too!

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