The House of Change_diagram

The House of Change

The House of Change_diagram

Most of us find change uncomfortable and unnerving. But in a rapidly changing world, Coaches and Managers must implement change in their organisations. And when doing so, this can be very challenging.

As a Coach or a Manager, a vital starting point when implementing change,  to sell people a vision: to have a clear view of where you intend to go.

Once the vision is set, Managers and Coaches must deal with all areas of the human experience that underpins the attainment of the goal, namely: thoughts, feelings, emotions, and environment.

The House of Change is a great model for holistic change.

Research has shown that for any change to be effective, it's critical that the Coach works on structuring all four separate life domains: our thoughts, our feelings, our behaviour, and our situation or environment.

Each of the four areas of the human experience interacts with the others.

Our situation impacts on how we behave.
Our behaviour impacts on our thoughts.
Our thoughts impact on our feelings.
Our feelings impact our situation and so on.

Should you omit any part of the House of Change (thoughts, emotions, behaviour or the environment) or leave them relatively unstable/ unbuilt, you the Coach runs the risk of the change for the Coachee, falling over or disintegrating unexpectedly.

Coaches and Managers need to realise that change is difficult for many people. It's only when Coachees have managed to change each area of their House of Change that they can incorporate change into their lives.

As a Manager or Coach implementing any form of change, it's critical to establish measurable outcomes or goals that deal with each of the four corners of the house of change.

It's then just as important to set up a process that allows you and your team to monitor your progress towards these goals.

Not doing so means any change is unlikely to succeed.

Try it with your own small goals: For example: Intend to lose 8 kilograms of weight in 3 months (goal); think positively about the goal, about exercise and food choices (thoughts); choose healthier foods for most meals, reduce portion sizes, exercise 3 times a week (behaviour); stack the fridge with the right foods, set an alarm to go to the gym at 6am, buy a Fitbit (situation). Set up feedback loops; monitor; attain goal.

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About the author:

Greg Weiss is the Founder of CareerSupport365. He has almost 30 years success in HR and in career coaching people.