What is the Change Management Curve, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Change Management Curve
A Change Curve is a tool used to understand the change management process and the stages that underlie it. Since most people experience the phase of change in similar ways, a Change Curve Model can help one understand how to provide support during the change management process.
Description of Change Curves
The Change Curve Model describes the phases that people typically experience when going through a change or transformation. There is no time frame for each stage and at times people can get stuck in a particular stage and not move on. By understanding what phase a person is in, and what tools are needed for that transition, it is possible to help people, teams and organizations move through the change curve. The five stages of change typically include:
- Denial: A person may be convinced that the change isn’t going to actually happen and will deny that it will. In this stage, communication is key by explaining to the person exactly what the change is, the effects is may have while providing them with reassurance.
- Anger: After realizing that the change is going to happen anger will set in. A person will look for someone to blame and often resort to anger and bitterness.
- Barganing: When anger subsides, an individual might start thinking of ways to postpone the change and may try to negotiate and come to a point of compromise.
- Depression: Also the learning phase, this is not a happy and comfortable stage. At this stage a person has understood that the change happened and there’s nothing to do about it.
- Acceptance: At this stage people finally begin accepting and embracing change.
The Change Curve is a trusted tool that can be used to understand where a person stands while going through change. Furthermore, it can give insight to managemers in understanding what their employees are going through as far as adapting to change so they can create methods of communication and guidance for them.
Tools & Templates
The tools managers can use to guide their employees through the stages in Change Curve Model are often communicated in presentations, spreadsheets, and other strategic documents.
upBOARD's Online Change Curve Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Change Management processes, upBOARD’s online Change Curve tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other change management best practice tools and templates, including:
AIM Accelerated Implementation Methodology, Beckhard & Harris Change Process, Boston Consulting Group Change Delta, Brainstorming, Bridges’ Leading Transition Model, Burning Platform, Case for Change, Change Fatigue, Change Management Curve, Change Management Impact Analysis, Change Management Maturity Model, Change Management Levers, Change Management Plan, Change Management Roadmap, Change Proposal, Change Readiness Assessment, Change Resistance Management Plan, Change Risk Assessment, Change Success Metrics, Communications Planning, Core Values, Deming Change Cycle, EASIER Change Management, Employee Engagement Plan, Feedback Capture Grid, Focus Groups, Geert Hofstede’s 6 Dimensions of Culture, GE Change Acceleration Process, Go-Live Planning, Head, Heart and Hands Model, Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model, Kubler Ross Change Curve, Lewin’s Change Management Model, Maurer’s 3 Levels of Resistance, Nudge Change Model, People Centered Implementation, Performance Support, Process Mapping, Sponsor Roadmap, Stakeholder Analysis, Stakeholder Interviews, Switch Change Framework, User Acceptance Testing, VRIO Framework and What’s In It For Me (WIIFMs).