Discussion Post Responses:
Discussion Post Question (for reference, a response not needed to this topic, but in response to posts listed below): Describe the three stages of change. Why is it critical that each stage be fully implemented before moving to the next? Provide concrete, detailed examples and explain how each fits into the three stages of change.
In responding to your classmates’ posts, respectfully comment on the examples of change they have provided. Do you agree with their assessment of the examples provided? Why or why not? Encourage further elaboration by asking your classmates questions, offering alternative viewpoints, and/or including additional research that you have obtained from our online library.Support your initial post and response posts with scholarly sources cited in APA style.
Discussion Post 1: E. Mace
The three stages of changing according to our text are Unfreezing, Changing and Refreezing (Newstrom, 2015). The first stage of change, unfreezing, is the stage where we let go of our old ideas and being to learn and accept new ones. It is just as uneasy accepting new ideas as it is letting go of previous ones, like learning most things, we need to unlearn what we know in order to learn things properly and understand them to their fullest. Changing is the stage where we really get to know these new practices and ideas and begin to incorporate them in our everyday life and our lifestyles. Change can be a time of new confidence and self-awareness. Sometimes changes comes in small practices like a hair cut and sometimes it comes in bigger ones like a move. The last stage of changing is the refreezing step. During this time a person is trying to really engrain those new behaviors and choices and make a routine that includes them, these steps become refrozen as true change occurs. Change occurs for many reasons, some people it’s changing their addictions and getting sober, others it comes in self care routines and making more time for themselves, it can come in new careers or simply making a lateral career move to a company that better fits you. Personally, change is hard for me to accept and commit to but I have also learned that change and growth occur together and being stuck instead of changing is not a health behavior.
Discussion Post 2: A. Benge
The three stages of change are unfreezing, changing, and refreezing (Newstrom, 2015). These stages and intricate change steps are intended to be followed sequentially. When skipped, there is an erroneous perception that speed is achieved when truly you’ll never achieve your desired outcomes (Kotter, 2011). Unfreezing refers to when you overcome what is already in place, breaking down habits and mindsets. Changing refers to the timeframe where you shift (through tangible and intangible efforts) from the “old process” to the “new process”. Refreezing refers to the final stage of change where you form new habits and mindsets within the new processes (Lapaas, 2021).
Again, to achieve your desired outcome (e.g., savings, efficiency, growth), you must complete all stages of change. Recently my function went through a transformation. One small shift we made was in the way we conducted our annual performance review process and compensation process. First, we had to “unfreeze” by clearly explaining the current state process and the reasons for change. Then we needed to change, which looked like explaining the process shifts and providing leader upskilling and training. Finally, we worked to refreeze but putting check-ins and forcing functions in place to reinforce the new process (through Workday process steps, supporting open door conversations, etc.)
Looking forward to engaging this week!