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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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Remember the 80's? For those of you who may, they're probably a little hazy this far into the 21st century. But the engineers from the University of New South Wales Sunswift solar racing team still do. They designed and built their Sunswift eVe to break a long-standing world record for electric cars that remained untouched for 26 years, all the way back to 1988, when primitive solar panels still lived on the White House roof, and Dallas, a TV show about a feuding Texas oil dynasty, was a ratings rocket — and before most of the car's engineers, the children of Elon Musk, had even been born.
Smashing the old world record
The Sunswift eVe smashed the old record of 73 km/h (45 mph), silently racing around a 4.2 km circular track in Victoria, Australia, and averaging 100 km/h (62 mph) over a distance of 500 km (311 mi). “This record was about establishing a whole new level of single-charge travel for high-speed electric vehicles, which we hope will revolutionize the electric car industry,” project director and third-year engineering student Hayden Smith said in a press release.
With the car-buying public in mind, Smith and his team have deliberately over-designed the car to be a "range anxiety" killer. Before setting the current record, it had already clocked a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and a range of 800 km (497 mi) by using 800 W of solar panels on its roof and hood to charge a 60 kg (132 lb) battery. (Although the panels had to be turned off for the record attempt).
With two seats and four wheels, the fifth generation of the Sunswift has evolved from earlier exotic single-seaters and could almost be mistaken for a conventional sedan. By offering 800 km from a single charge, the battery pack and solar panel efficiency mean that even if the sun isn't shining, a driver can still go the full distance.
The Sunswift team hopes to make the car ready for everyday use, and they're working towards meeting Australian road registration requirements, which they say can be reached in a year.
The UNSW Solar Racing team is primarily made up of undergraduate students from the engineering, industrial design, and business departments. Despite heavy course loads, all of the team members committed thousands of hours toward designing, building and testing the record-breaking car. This has made them one of the world's top solar car teams. Now they're probably considered the top Tesla farm team too.
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