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For change to occur a number of factors need to be in place. Beckhard and Harris put these factors into a change formula.

This change formula is deceptively simple but extremely useful.  It can be brought into play at any point in a change process to analyse how things are going.

It can help to highlight several of the following problem areas:

  • Staff are not experiencing dissatisfaction with the status quo
  • The proposed end state has not been clearly communicated to key people
  • The proposed end state is not desirable to the change implementers
  • The tasks being given to those implementing the change are too complicated, or ill-defined.

If you are experiencing resistance to change on your projects, why not use this equation to review which factors are in place and where you might need to focus more attention.

Click here to download this quick reference guide for Beckhard and Harris’ change formula