About Steve Barlow

Steve is Managing Director at The Change Gym. He is a Certified Change Fitness Coach and an organisational change readiness consultant. You can contact him on [email protected]

Where does change fitness coaching fit in?

By |2019-05-23T10:37:15+10:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching, Managing Change|

We base a lot of what we do and teach on the model shown below.

You get coaching clients because they have a change project. This is the problem they want to overcome or the opportunity they want to grasp, and they want your help to get there.

But there are 4 areas you both must pay attention to.

Four key areas

The first is the change process. Your client will only succeed if they progress successfully through every step of the […]

The Challenge of Organisational Change

By |2019-05-20T10:21:06+10:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Leadership, Managing Change|

Some years ago, a yachtsman competing in the BOC challenge pulled into Sydney harbour. He and his fellow competitors were sailing solo around the world. They were competing against each other, but also against themselves. In a real sense, the challenge of the race is facing the fear of the unknown and the limits of one’s personal capacity and endurance.

Notwithstanding the dangers, most sailors succeeded – not in winning the race, but in facing the challenge and giving all […]

How should we understand change fitness coaching?

By |2019-05-15T14:10:07+10:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|

We know there are different types of coaches: business coaches, life coaches, executive coaches, career coaches, etc.

So, what’s a change fitness coach? Is it a new type of coaching, or is it something else? This is what we consider in this article.

The real goal

Before we go any further, we must discuss something very important. As coaches, we all have our preferences and our individual pathways through life. Some of us choose to become life coaches, some business coaches, and […]

What is a change readiness assessment?

By |2019-04-09T12:53:11+10:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Change Readiness, Managing Change, Resistance|

You might not know why you would even need a change readiness assessment if you don’t understand what it is. In this article, I want to give you a general understanding of what a change readiness assessment is.

Readiness for what?

First, it is important to understand what we are talking about. When we say readiness to change, what are we talking about? Are we talking about readiness to begin a change project? Is it like being prepared to get started?

No, […]

How much change is ‘too much’?

By |2019-03-21T16:17:29+10:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Managing Change|

In this article we examine the perceptions people have of how much change occurs in a workplace, and how those perceptions affect behaviours.

In a 2017 article in the British Journal of Management*, Rafferty and Jimmieson comment on this issue. Let’s examine what they say.

A subjective matter

How much is too much? How much is just right? How much is not much? How you answer questions like these would vary from person to person.

It’s similar when we talk about organisational […]

Change fatigue – the hidden killer

By |2019-03-30T10:52:30+10:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Managing Change, Resistance|

Managers are often aware when employees resist change. Resistance is usually a visible thing – people complain, tell negative stories, or get annoyed.

But change fatigue is hidden and managers often fail to recognise it. According to McMillan & Perron (2013), “staff experiencing change fatigue simply shut off and become withdrawn, taking no steps to address issues relating to change initiatives.”

Contributing factors

Here are some factors that contribute to change fatigue:

  • Perceived lack of control – employees feel they have no […]

Recognising The Demands of the Change Process

By |2019-03-25T13:58:27+10:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Leadership, Managing Change|

This article examines why people find change difficult and how managers and leaders can help employees find success.

We all know change is, at times, demanding. It takes us outside our comfort zone and challenge us at every level.

In a 2017 article in the British Journal of Management*, Rafferty and Jimmieson explore three demands that cause people to struggle. Let’s look at them.

Disturbance

The authors write, “any modification to habitual patterns is disturbing, as functioning in repetitive ways helps individuals to […]

Change Fitness and Change Readiness – How are they similar and different?

By |2019-03-02T09:56:39+10:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Change Fitness, Change Readiness, Managing Change|

How are change readiness and change fitness similar, and how are they different?

They are similar in that they both relate to the change process. One is about being fit for the change process and the other is about being ready for it.

The Marathon

For example, think of a significant change as though it were a marathon that must be run – it is long, demanding, and difficult. If you’re not fit […]

Is Change Readiness about Getting Ready to Begin?

By |2019-03-25T13:53:14+10:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Change Readiness, Managing Change|

Getting ready to begin a change is certainly important. Many people think change readiness is mainly about getting ready to begin – organising things in preparation and ticking off the checklist. Sure, this is important, but it is a long way from what change readiness means.

To be ready for change is not to be ready only for the beginning of the change process, but to be ready for all the change process. It is readiness to complete the […]

HOW DO YOU ASSESS CHANGE READINESS?

By |2019-03-25T13:59:49+10:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Change Readiness, Managing Change|

This article will help you understand how to assess change readiness in an organisation. This is important information if you manage organisational change.

Change readiness has been on my horizon for almost 20 years. It was the topic of my PhD research and for the past decade it has been the focus of my business. Therefore, in this article I want to help you understand what change readiness is and how to assess it.

Organisational Change Readiness

In reading this […]