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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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With a backdrop of 400 million Indians living in absolute darkness, a festive ceremony built to a climax as the oldest resident of Dharnai, India, (who'd long stopped grumbling about 30 years of government neglect) flipped a switch just as the sun went down, and villagers watched as street lights flickered on for the first time; homes, streets and the city square glowed in pools of light. Parents, no longer anxious, could actually see their kids playing down the street. Not only were 2,400 lives transformed as everyone rushed into the age of electricity, Internet and Information together, they were also living in India's first self-contained, completely solar-powered village.
A few months ago, Greenpeace and two other NGOs started building a solar-powered micro-grid for the small village. Now online, the 100 kilowatt system serves 450 homes, 50 businesses, several schools, a health care center, streetlights, water pumps and countless, new modern gadgets. To guarantee reliable electricity 24 hours a day, there is also a battery that stores excess electricity harvested during the day for use at night.
Later, Greenpeace had a film crew interview villagers about the benefits of the new micro-grid. Everyone talks enthusiastically about activities city dwellers take for granted: cooking and eating later in the day, kids no longer studying in dim candle light, local businesses staying open longer, and much more. The segment ends at dusk as the village's new lights turn on. It's a moment that lets you experience the novelty of a ritual of modern life that will soon be taken for granted in this small village too.
Images: kids sitting under solar panel, Greenpeace
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