Change Frame is Born

Change Frame is Born

I was quite excited when it dawned on me that there was a way I could articulate my personal approach to keeping change simple, and most importantly, sharing it with other people.

Change Frame felt like the perfect name because for me, it could be interpreted as either changing the way you frame life, or simply describing the frame through which you view change.  Either way, both of these interpretations felt good to me.  I am all about being ‘conscious’ in life; reflecting on things and how you process them and how you can improve your life based on those reflections. And Change Frame was born!

As I described in my earlier post, the foundation of Change Frame is the Stop Start Continue process.  This process has been around for a while and is quite common in organisational change management; so common in fact that I have struggled to locate its exact origin and who I should attribute it to.  But I can’t find anything.  Suffice to say, I can’t claim that aspect as my own.

Once I’d had the realisation that this is what I do, this is how I personally build my change muscle, I started thinking the process through to the end.  The first step, as I said, is the Stop Start Continue activity.  But it doesn’t end there.

Once you have a sense of what things will stop, start or continue either to effect your change, or as a result of your change, you then need to consider whether you view these things as Upsides or Downsides of the change.  Is that thing you’ll be starting something that you enjoy? That’s an Upside.  On the other hand, is that thing you’ll be starting something that you don’t enjoy?  That’s a Downside.  If you’re going to be stopping something that you enjoy, then that’s a Downside.  Or if you’re going to be stopping something that you don’t enjoy….well that’s a Downside too.  Sound confusing?  Let me put it in a picture for you:

So that’s how I started Change Frame.  By thinking through the things that would stop start and continue, and whether I saw them as Upsides or Downsides.  But that was the beginning.  It dawned on me that sometimes, things were not necessarily what I thought.  More on that in my next post.