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Isaac Asimov was an American professor of biochemistry at Boston University. But he was most well known as a one of the most prolific writers of science fiction and popular science books. He was also famous for a quote.
The only constant is change.
Yet despite our understanding that change will always be a constant in our lives in some way, shape or form, why is it do difficult for most of us to understand, manage, or embrace change?
Accepting change is not easy. It often goes through phases and take times. The Kübler-Ross model, commonly known as the five stages of grief, was first introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying. Understanding this model can help one cope with change.
Readers can quickly refer to wikipedia that explains these five stages, which could be modified for any situation. The stages Kubler-Ross identified are:
Denial (this isn't happening to me!)
Anger (why is this happening to me?)
Bargaining (I promise I'll be a better person if...)
Depression (I don't care anymore)
Acceptance (I'm ready for whatever comes)
The giraffe video explains the steps of the Kubler-Ross model in a lighthearted manner. It's important to note that not everyone goes through every step in exactly the same order, nor always experience all of the stages.
The Kubler-Ross model is often associated with grief, tragic loss, or illness. But many believe it could be applied to change and change management within an organization? It could obviously applied when someone loses their job but what about some other scenarios within an organization like a boss or mentor leaving or being laid off, other people around you losing their jobs, the ending of a major project, or a change in upper management?
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Debbie Sterling, the twenty-six year old founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, loves engineering. But at Stanford, where she spent four years training to be an engineer, she was one of only 181 women and felt vastly outnumbered by over 500 men. It didn't take an anthropologist to see that this imbalance was purely cultural. So soon after graduation, she decided to take her finely honed design skills and even those numbers out.
As Debbie explains in her Kickstarter video (which netted her new company enough money to begin production), she quickly realized that you had to start with an early intervention. Girls, she says, begin showing less interest in science, math, and engineering when they are as young as eight.
In response, she came up with GoldieBlox, which is designed for girls from 4 to 9 years old. It's a construction set with a companion book; and as girls read about what Goldie, a spunky female engineer, is building, they build it themselves.
GoldieBlox is so successful that it can be found in the construction set section at more than 600 Toys 'R' Us locations and is featured in a viral video that's been seen over 4 million times on the Internet. Now, that stereotypical, pink-aisle princess comfortably wears a tool belt.
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