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The Formula

At DVF we constantly strive to offer deep expertise in change and transformation and ensure we are helping our clients to deliver successful and sustainable change in their businesses – This is why our name encompasses the globally recognised formula for successful change.

The Beckhard-Harris change model describes the conditions necessary for change to occur.

Dissatisfaction x Vision x First Steps > Resistance

The change formula implies that all three elements on the left side, Desire, Vision and First Steps must be present for change to occur.

DISSATISFACTION WITH THE STATUS QUO
All changes begin with (a) dissatisfaction with the current state.

A VISION FOR CHANGE 
When individuals or groups desire change, but cannot identify a ‘’way out’’, the result is anger, depression, frustration, anxiety and/or apathy. Whatever the reaction, it is seldom positive. Mobilising the energy generated by a desire for change requires a Vision.

FIRST STEP
While dissatisfaction without vision often leads to despair, Vision without action is no more than a ‘’castle in the air’’, a great idea without a roadmap. This too can create frustration and feelings of helplessness, feelings which often result in apathy and/or cynicism.

RESISTANCE TO CHANGE
In order that the product of desire, vision, and first steps is greater than the resistance to change, it is important to have a method of gauging the degree and nature of resistance.

 
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