Exercise 3 : Force-field analysis
Sometimes you can find yourself in a job or at a point in your career where, if you had your time again, you would not choose. Perhaps you're not making the most of your natural skills and abilities. Perhaps you're finding it difficult to decide what to do or what changes to make so that you can move in a different direction.
This exercise is based on the work of eminent psychologist Kurt Lewin's 'Force Field Analysis'.
It is an excellent way to see the bigger picture and decide on the best steps to take. It helps you identify the opposing forces to change - factors that encourage you to go ahead and factors that are holding you back.
This exercise will enable you to:
List the various forces for and against any proposed change
Analyse these forces and weigh up the pros and cons
Decide whether or not to make the change
Understand why resistance occurs when you want to make a change
If you do decide to go ahead, develop strategies to reduce the impact of the negative forces and strengthen those forces that will support the change
This exercise is structured in a way that allows you to reflect and make notes. Put as much detail as you want in the spaces provided.
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