At the OTUG meeting last week, Esther Derby was going over the change model, originally introduced by Virginia Satir to help families deal with change. The model consists of 5 stages: Late Status Quo, Resistance, Chaos, Integration, and New Status Quo and describes change patterns and early indicators that occur at each stage. The model also works well for the organizations.
One of the most interesting and somewhat underestimated stages of the model is Chaos. Old behaviors do not work, old relationships are not possible, the organization is filled with rumours and uncertainty, performance decreases, the changes are at their highest risk of being reverted back... and the leadership is tested. Do you recognize these symptoms?
If you are not familiar with the work of Virginia Satir, take a look at this book: Satir Model: Family Therapy and Beyond.