Force Field Analysis is an effective tool when looking at implementing a change, and is used to analyse the forces for and against. It can be used to decide whether to go ahead with a change, as well as increase the chance of success.

About Force Field Analysis

Force Field Analysis was introduced by Kurt Lewin in 1951, and used during his work as a social psychologist. Today it is widely used across industries and departments, as it is a very powerful and simple tool to use for making and communicating go/no-go decisions.

How to use Force Field Analysis for Change Management

When carrying out a Force Field Analysis, start with a blank paper and draw a box in the middle. Then go through below 7 steps.

  1. Define The Change – Write the proposal or change you want to implement inside the box.
  2. Brainstorm Driving Forces – Driving forces are those affecting a situation and pushing for a change to happen.
  3. Brainstorm Restraining Forces – Restraining forces are those affecting a situation in the opposite direction and preventing a change from happening.
  4. Rate Forces – Each force is rated based on how much effect they have on the change. A scale from 1 (weak) to 10 (Strong) can be used.
  5. Review Forces – Evaluate which forces can be affected, and where the rate given can be changed.
  6. Find your strategy – There are different approaches to take when going forward with the change. Decide if you want to increase the driving forces, decrease the restraining forces, or a combination of both.
  7. Create Action Plan – Last step is to generate the Action Plan for how to impact the forces for the implementation to move forward.

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