Leaders Unbalance the Force


Kurt Lewin (1951), organizational theorist of “three phases” fame, also developed the concept of force fields in change. Lewin basically asserts that there are forces that drive change or progress toward a goal (helping forces) and forces that drive resistance to change (hindering forces). Leaders need to influence followers to see the reasons to change, strengthen the helping forces in the process. Lewin, K. Leadership change lewin

3 Stages of Change. Unfreezing; Movement; Re-Freezing

Mike Cardus

Lewin/Schein change Model – Summation from ‘ The Corporate Culture Survival Guide ’ Edgar Schein. Multiple forces established by past observational learning + experience and cultural influences tend to maintain the current behavior. Develop a new self-concept and identity.

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Leadership Posts from Top Bloggers

Michael Lee Stallard

Welcome to the January edition of the Leadership Development Carnival , New Year’s Edition! Jennifer Miller offers us her most popular post of the year, and asks if people really care about leadership development, or if they just can’t resist a free offer. For me, the answer is both. (-: Check out her list of 25 free leadership development resources, at Do People Care About Leadership Development?

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Guest Post: Change Management Models

Change Starts Here

First I found Kurt Lewin’s Unfreeze – Change – Refreeze model. Enclaria’s Irresistible Change model combines parts of many of the other models and adds a focus on personal influence. Have you been forcing all projects to fit a single methodology because it’s what you know?


Grieving for a Colleague: Deep, Silent, and Solitary

Harvard Business Review

The news had just hit that Danny Lewin — the co-founder of Akamai Technologies, its charismatic CTO, a former commando in the Israeli Special Forces, and MIT mathematics genius who led the company from a math class to an IPO and a market cap of $30 billion — had suddenly died. Our Chief Scientist, Tom Leighton, had taught Danny at MIT, developed him. I walked fast to my cube that morning, excited to see news of our latest deal, and get on to the next.

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