Understanding The Change Equation

I’m sure that by now you’ve had at least one employee that seems particularly resistant to change. In my experience, employees and team members are more likely to resist changes that they know nothing about. They had no input in the decision making process and don’t know anything about the reasons for the change. Most people find “the unknown” to be very scary.

To remedy this situation, a management theory known as “The Change Equation” was developed to help deal with resistance. In short, it looks like this:

D + V + F > R

In other words, dissatisfaction, vision, and first steps (action) will reduce resistance to change. Each part of the equation is equally important to the end result. If any of the three major components are missing, the resistance you are experiencing will remain the same.

It’s important to make sure you have a reason for every change you make within your organisation. Not only must you have a reason, but you must be able to clearly communicate that reason to your employees so that they can see the big picture as well. Then, and only then, your employees will begin to see change in a positive light.

Thanks again,


Sean McPheat

Managing Director


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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.