The change curve – what is it really about?

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I have recently posted a video on LinkedIn in response to the #covid19 crisis, in which I have asked you all ‘where do you think you are on the change curve’? You can watch it here.

The response I received from you was amazing! Many of you commented on the perception of the current state and shared some amazing ideas on how to deal with change uncertainly. There were so many brilliant comments there and I cannot list them all here, but I encourage you to check it out!

What I really wanted to tell you about though is the lesson I have learned from this exercise, which is that one should never assume all of us have the same knowledge background or experience. I have realised this thanks to one of my dearest friends who said: well, Gosia actually not many of us know what the change curve really is and therefore couldn’t participate in the discussion! Let’s make sure we change that now 🙂

In short the ‘change curve’ is a model originally developed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in the 1960s to explain the process of how human beings react to grief. Dr Kubler-Ross was a psychiatrist working with terminally ill patients and devoted her research to the subject of death and dying. That is why her ‘change curve’ is also known as the ‘Five stages of grief’, and it looks like that:

Interesting? Do you know how can you use it to understand the way the change is perceived by yourself? Do you know what benefits it would bring if you applied it in the work environment?

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