Force Field Analysis
Microsoft Word template for Lean Six Sigma Change Management
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
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.
And the Force Field Analysis template is a simple, but effective tool to:
- Identify, and...
- Rate the power of...
the driving forces, and (more important) 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),
the Force Field template can also be used for other purposes, such as:
- Pro’s & con’s
- Strengths & weaknesses
- One option vs. another
- Ideal vs. current reality
- Perceptions of negotiating parties
- And I'll bet you can come up with a few more ideas for how this simple but powerful tool might be effectively used
Instructions to use the Force Field Analysis template
Simply list opposing forces opposite each other.
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.)
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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