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Why Change Is a Consciousness Choice

Summary: An integral approach to change is one that involves all four quadrants of change. Quadrant one involves individual internal development of cognition, the psyche, and spirit, while quadrant two involves an individual's outer skills. Quadrant three represents collective internal features that are shared by all in a culture, and quadrant four concerns collective external features such as organizational design, technology, and procedures. Change commonly fails because it ignores the internal aspects of quadrants one and three. Sustainable organizational change must involve change in all four quadrants and must stem from a conscious transformation of the leadership. For the organization's leader, transformation involves development from the egocentric self to a socialized view, to the independent self, the integral self, and finally achieving the stage of the sacred self.

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  • Topics: Leadership, Change Management, Environmental Management Systems
  • Keywords: Leader,Organizational change,Failure,Cultural change,Sustainability
  • Author: Anderson, Bob; Klein, Eric; Stuart, Jim
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation