Most psychological testing exercises will evoke some form of reaction on the participant’s part. An action that will cause the individual to evaluate their perspective on the exercise they have just taken and what it means to their lives. Dr. J. DeLayne Stroud shares some simple exercises that HR and Training Departments can engage in to create constructive change in support of and for the benefit of departments that are planning of organizational change, working through a change initiative or have realized that there is significant push back by a groups of employees. The exercises are simple, the results are illuminating.
The following exercise is conducted in pairs, and lasts about 45 minutes. See what you can discover about yourself.
Begin with the preceding questions. At some point participants will begin to refer to the changes made during the exercise. When this starts to happen, ask the following questions:
When providing instructions for this exercise, obtain agreement from the participants that they will maintain whatever changes are made until the exercise is over. Prompt the group to think about and share their own personal emotions related to making changes.
Some participants may make the point that these changes are not like changes being made in the organization. If this happens, acknowledge the validity of the statement, but ask how these changes – and people’s reactions to them – are similar.
J. DeLayne Stroud is a Master Black Belt project manager with DeLeeuw Associates, a division of Conversion Services International. He retired from Bank of America in 2005 with more than 20 years of experience as an executive in project and change management in the banking industry. He has led multiple Six Sigma initiatives, including Design for Six Sigma and Lean initiatives. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.