Organisational Change Management Volume 2

Rate of Adoption of Change By Type of People

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A survey found that of the 25,000 people in senior professional, core management levels, 25% supported change, 25% did not support and around 50% were "sitting on the fence".

Cultural transformation is never-ending and must engage all levels of the organisation to be effective; it involves extensive training and education
NB People adapt to change at different rates

In change the most important group to get on side are the early adopters as they have credibility in the organisation; they are the "movers and shakers," etc who make things happen.

. Where you are on the above graph can depend upon several factors:

- your genetic makeup - based upon analysis of over 1,000 adolescent twins (Fiona Smith, 2010), researchers concluded that genes are responsible for about 50 percent of your selection of friends, and whether you change groups regularly or stay with one close-knit circle of friends, ie

"... on average, people located at central parts of the network have a different genetic makeup than those located at the periphery..."

Nicholas Christakis et al as quoted by Fiona Smith, 2010j

- physical attraction - people with more symmetrical features attract more friends and people with similar characteristics or idiosyncrasies attract like

. Having close friends give you a greater reach into their networks which will include people that you don't know, ie casual acquaintances whose own circle of influence reaches beyond your own. For example, if you have 20 social contacts (5 friends, five co-workers and 10 family members) and each of them has 20 contacts and so on, it is possible to be connected to 8,000 people within 3 degrees of separation.

"... in an increasingly interconnected world, people with many ties may become even better connected while those with fewer ties may get left further and further behind..."

Nicholas Christakis et al as quoted by Fiona Smith, 2010j

(sources: Cynthia Scott et al, 1995; Lynn Fossum, 1989; Kerry Patterson et al,1996; Dennis Hall, 2006a; Michelman, 2007; Fiona Smith, 2008e; Fiona Smith, 2010i; Fiona Smith, 2010j)


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