Organizational Change: How to Increase Driving Forces and How to Decrease Restraining Forces?

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Yaser Rasouli
Manager, Iran

Organizational Change: How to Increase Driving Forces and How to Decrease Restraining Forces?

I could do with some practical advice increasing driving / decreasing restraining forces.
How can one increase driving forces? And how can one decrease restraining forces?
Any ideas or experiences are welcome...


David Inglis
Business Consultant, United Kingdom

Focus on Decreasing the Restraining Forces

I usually only look at the restraining forces. The driving forces are usually in place and operate independently.
I score both types of force from +/-1 to +/-5 (negative for restraining forces of course) and look at the main -5 and -4's in particular to see what actions can be done to minimise these.

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Consider the Change Forces over Time

When deploying Force Field Analysis, a frequent mistake is to regard it and its forces as a picture or a snapshot, typically taken at the beginning of an organizational change effort.
But any major organizational change effort takes considerable time: at least months, often longer.
So you should not only look at the restraining/driving forces at the beginning of your change effort, but OVER THE ENTIRE PERIOD. The forces change! If at anytime during your effort the restraining forces become too powerful and you did not plan for that, your nice change project will probably end there. A big waste of everybody's time and money.
So analyze the forces and plan on how to use and mitigate them over the whole change period, before you start your change initiative and keep doing that while it is underway.

Gandhi Heryanto
Management Consultant, Indonesia

Commitment to Change Influences Both Forces

To increase the driving forces and to minimize the restraining forces are key to the success of a ch... Sign up

Benjamin Motlhabane
Consultant, South Africa

Any Change Effort Requires BUY-IN

At the heart of any resistance to change or restraining forces are: fear of the unknown, comfort zon... Sign up

Keith Brown
HR Consultant, United Kingdom

Driving and Restraining Forces

Useful reminders particularly that @forces may change over the length of the change process. Organi... Sign up

Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States


Oftentimes, the client is quick to enter into discussions regarding the problems or challenges to im... Sign up

Gretchen Richards
Professor, United States

People are Change - Validate

People are the change; therefore, validate their efforts, concerns, and talents. To validate does n... Sign up

Paramathmuni srinivas Kumar

Knowledge on Various Layers in Being and Tendencies Therein

With regard to augmenting the driving forces and decreasing the restraining forces, the KNOWLEDGE WI... Sign up

Consultant, Brazil

Driving Forces X Restraining Forces

@David Inglis: David, wouldn't looking at the driving forces help beating the restraining ones?...... Sign up

Barney Wade Howard
Manager, United States

Figure the Type of Personality First

This is an interesting subject. At the individual level, change can be handled by most people if you... Sign up

j boer

Happy Positive Thinking!

How to Increase Driving Forces and How to Decrease Restraining Forces? Change the tone of your ... Sign up

Ivan Kohlinsky
Management Consultant, United Kingdom

Decrease Restraining Forces with Empathy

From what I remember about FFA, when depicted diagrammatically one represented the relative strength... Sign up

Goran Weihs
CxO / Board

How to Decrease Restraining Forces

Managing change resistance is not about selling grand visions. As Mr. @Benjamin Motlhabane rightly n... Sign up

Student (MBA), Saudi Arabia

How to Increase the Driving Forces and to Decrease the Restraining Forces?

This is a very interesting subject. In organizational change we have to keep in mind the 8 steps fo... Sign up

j.a. karman
ICT Consultant, Netherlands

'Over the Entire Period': What Kind of Time Period?

@Jaap de Jonge: Excellent point. I am missing some views on the duration. A change project running 3... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Frequency of Force Field Analysis

@J. A. Karman: Thank you. It depends on the circumstances how often you need to review the forces. S... Sign up

Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

Decrease Restraining Forces and Increase Driving Forces

People don't resist change per se; they resist change that is not personally advantageous. "What's i... Sign up

Mrs. Sayran Ghafuri
Coach, Iraq

Organizational Change: How to Increase Driving Forces and How to Decrease Restraining Forces?

To decrease restraining forces and in order for the change process to take place successfully, the ... Sign up

Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

How to Decrease Restraining Forces and Increase Driver Forces

How do you reduce the forces blocking or limiting what you want to do? Situations and people are un... Sign up


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