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Response to Change Exercise

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Personal exercise (then shared) about experiences of change

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Goal

The central idea being your response to change (newness) impacts your capacity to try new ideas or to innovate. At the end of this 90-minute session participants said they had a richer understanding of their personal response to different kinds of change and a better appreciation of why others experience change events differently than they do.

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Materials

    Instructions

    Before

    Types of participants: any

    During

    The activities:

    1. List on a timeline the major change events in your life from birth to now. Describe, don't analyze. (15 minutes)

    2. Share your story with a partner (10 minutes each)

    * Partner with someone you don't know well.

    * Partners just listen.

    3. Share with your partner any themes you noticed about your partner's relationship to change. What themes did you notice about yourself?

    4. Share with your partner themes you notice about yourself.

    5. Individually code the types of change events in your life.
           * Unexpected, surprises
           * Intended, sought after
           * Gains
           * Losses
           * No control over

    6. What patterns do you notice about yourself? Share with partner.

    7. Whole group discussion:
         * What did you notice?

         * What did you learn about yourself and others?

    8. Closing feedback

    After

    Follow-Up Required: Short training on William Bridge's change and transition concept.

    Usual or Expected Outcomes: Participants are aware of the different ways they handle change.

    Background

    Source: Newell Eaton

    Derived from: Shared on the GRP-FACL Listserve at http://www.albany.edu/cpr/gf

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    • This process could lead to some very interesting reflections on varying responses to change. Try using the Focused Conversation method in the group discussion.

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