Managing Change, Change Fitness, and Power

By |2020-05-09T07:09:05+10:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Managing Change|

Much of the language around change management has to do with power. In this article I want to challenge you to rethink the nature of this power and to consider the role of change fitness.

Power over change

What words do we often hear when people talk of managing change? How about these: influence, leverage, reengineer, redirect, mandate, restructure, convince, get onboard, enlist, persuade, manage, reorganise. What kind of power do these words suggest to you?

I suggest these words suggest […]

The Change Quadrant™

By |2019-02-24T11:36:50+10:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|

The idea of change fitness didn’t just come out of nowhere. It has been shaped by the ideas of great thought leaders, including Lewin, Sternberg, McAdams, Maruna, Koltko-Rivera, Prochaska & DiClemente, Seligman, Gergan, Bruner, Frankl, Kegan, and many others.

In this article, I want to focus on one of these thinkers and show you how his work contributes to the change fitness concept.

Kurt Lewin

Kurt Lewin is very well known by people in the organisational change space. He died about […]

Why Coaching Fails

By |2019-02-24T11:14:35+10:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|

I have been coaching for over 16 years and I wish I could say that all my clients made fantastic progress. Some did, but others were disappointed with the coaching outcomes and some achieved what they always expected – not much.

The dilemma

Over this time, I have pondered why some people achieve great results and others don’t. What is it that mediates the outcome a client achieves? Is it the immediate context? Could it be the broader environment, or perhaps […]

Should I Become a Coach?

By |2019-02-22T12:54:28+10:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|

Coaching as a Career Choice

As the title suggests, this article is written for people who are considering moving into coaching as a career. Many others have already made that transition – some successfully and some not. It will likely involve training, time, and costs, so how can you tell whether it’s the right move for you?

You may already have done some coaching in the workplace or been coached by someone. I don’t know your situation, so all I can […]

On ICF Accreditation

By |2019-02-22T13:02:36+10:00August 25th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|

What are accredited programs?

Our flagship program, the Personal Change Fitness Program (PCFP), is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). That may mean something to some of our readers, but in this article, I want to explain what it means to those who don’t know.

First, some background. Coaching, as an industry, has been around for 25 years or so. There are a host of training organisations, including universities, that teach people how to become a coach. But there […]

Personal Change Fitness Program

By |2020-08-15T12:56:36+10:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Programs|

What’s the Background?

The PCFP was developed in 2015 by The Change Gym’s founders, Steve and Stephanie Barlow.

To be agile and ready to succeed at change, people need strengths in 7 key psychological resources. We call these 7 resources ‘change fitness’. The more change fitness you have, the more likely you are to be successful at change.

What Happens?

When someone enrols in the PCFP, they begin by taking an IRVEY assessment of their initial change fitness. This identifies their strengths and limitations. They then engage in the program, which introduces them to the 7 psychological resources that constitute change fitness. The purpose is not to teach the client something about psychology. The purpose is to create a pathway through which the client can focus on these 7 key areas of their mind with a coach who has been trained to help them. By exploring these key areas, the client will gain more self-awareness and a language that more accurately describes who they are and who they can become. Through this process, the client develops more change capacity, more self-confidence, and more optimism about the future.

The PCFP is a 12-week coaching program, consisting of around 36 hours individualised work plus 6 hours coaching. Once the program is finished, the client takes IRVEY again and their progress is measured. Our research shows that, on average, people's change fitness scores improve by 40% over a 12-week period.

What This Means for Clients

Clients love the PCFP, because it is focused, it gets to their issues fast, they have a coach who helps them explore themselves, and they can feel the difference when their change fitness improves. They feel more in control of their lives and more confident and optimistic about the future. The coach and the program have helped them become more independent and self-reliant.

Some clients take what they have gained and leave, and others want to stay with their coach and delved deeper into some of the change fitness resources. All good.

What It Means for Coaches

The PCFP gives coaches a structured program with all the resources needed for measurable outcomes in a defined time frame. They may go on to help the client with other coaching, but the PCFP helps those clients who struggle with change and are not likely to succeed without lots of support.

The PCFP is a versatile and useful additional ‘product’ to add to the tool-kit of any coach. To deliver the PCFP with your clients, you first need to undertake training and become certified. If you want to find out more information, click on the button below to talk to Steve Barlow.

Beyond the Me Project

By |2019-02-26T10:50:43+10:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The mystery of things

I recently purchased a book about famed Australian artist, Margaret Olley. In that book I read these words, penned by Lou Klepac; “if we stopped judging objects by their practical usefulness, we might discover the mystery of things and not be restricted by the logical, practical world in which we strive to survive physically.”

Those words arrested me and invited me to reflect. What does he mean by ‘practical usefulness’ and the ‘mystery of things’? I would […]


By |2019-02-24T11:40:05+10:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: The Change Gym|

The Change Gym began under a different name in February 2010. If you’re interested to hear our story thus far, here it is.

Let’s go back before 2010. In the first decade of the 21st century, Steve and Stephanie Barlow (the founders) worked in government jobs. Stephanie worked mainly with unemployed people, helping them with job readiness and job education programs. Steve worked in a correctional centre running anger management programs for maximum security inmates.

It is often very difficult for […]

Change Readiness Assessment

By |2019-08-18T10:08:24+10:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Change Readiness|

What Does Our Change Readiness Assessment Check?

The Change Gym provides comprehensive change readiness assessments for organisational change. We check 3 key areas of an organisation’s change readiness. These are the:

  1. Stakeholder engagement in the change initiative – whether they are ‘on board’. This is a key metric. We have developed an online change readiness assessment based on the research of Armenakis, who has spent over 40 years studying organisational change readiness.
  2. Readiness of your change management team […]

What’s Next?

By |2019-02-27T10:07:20+10:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

We need to be willing to change.

Change is the essence of life. Those words aren’t mine: they come from American psychiatrist Dr. Gordon Livingston. After listening to people telling him their woes, and his favourite therapeutic question was, “What’s next?” Good question.

What’s next?

I listened have to many painful stories hen I delivered anger management programs in the NSW prison system. But we all have our stories to tell. Everyone has been let down by someone, disappointed by people, or […]

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