Force Field Analysis
Microsoft Word template for Lean Six Sigma Change Management
Background of Force Field Analysis
Force Field Analysis was developed by sociologist Kurt Lewin,
who asserted that human behavior is caused by forces — beliefs, values, expectations, etc.
These forces can drive us toward a behavior, or restrain us away from a behavior.
Change won't happen unless driving forces are stronger than restraining forces
Tip: It can be tempting to try to add power to driving forces,
but usually it is far more effective to reduce or remove restraining forces.
Force Field template
Your Force Field Analysis template (ForceField.docx)
is a simple, but effective tool to:
- Identify, and...
- Rate the power of...
the driving forces, and (more important) the restraining forces
for anything influenced by human behavior.
Although Force Field Analysis was developed to better understand psychological forces within the workplace,
(for Change Management purposes)
Your Force Field template can also be used for other purposes
- Pros & cons
- Strengths & weaknesses
- One option vs. another
- Ideal vs. current reality
- Perceptions of negotiating parties
- And you can probably come up with a few more ideas
for how you might effectively use this simple but powerful tool
How to use your
Force Field Analysis template
Find and open your template
Find and open your Force Field template (ForceField.docx)
in the same way that you find and open
your other 150+ Systems2win templates.
Note: Even though this is a Word template,
you open it using your Systems2win menu in Excel
Save your working document, following the usual
document storage and naming conventions
established by your leaders.
List opposing forces
In each row, simply list opposing forces opposite each other.
You'll get a lot more out of this training if you have your template open in front of you
Rate respective powers of opposing forces
Use the middle columns to rate the respective powers of the opposing forces.
(Use any rating system you want. Perhaps a scale of 0 to 10.)
Reduce or remove restraining forces
Look for restraining forces that:
- Are stronger than their opposing driving forces
- Have good potential for being creatively reduced or removed
A potential next step is a brainstorming session
for how to reduce or remove the most troublesome restraining forces.
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