Stages of Change – Exploration


Now that you’re familiar with the denial and resistance stages of change, it’s time to move on to hope and growth. Let’s learn about the exploration stage.


Q: What is the exploration stage?

A: Finally swallowing the fact that something (change) is going to happen. It is accepting what is and finally asking, “How can I benefit from this?” This is what I like to call the “take-off stage.” During exploration, there is acceptance, compliance and a shift from negative energy to positive energy, allowing the process to run its course.


Q: Where does it fall in the stages of change?

A: The exploration stage is the third stage. It precedes commitment.


Q: How do I know my team or employee is exploring change?

A: You will know they are exploring change when they begin to reengage. When they come to work and sit up in meetings (well, turn on their cameras). They ask questions and may even offer solutions.


Q: How can my team or employee benefit from this stage?

A: They can benefit from this stage by keeping in mind opportunities are available at whatever level they choose to engage. This stage requires having a great attitude and understanding that every opportunity is an opportunity.


Q: How can I help my team or employee reach this stage more quickly?

A: Allow them to go through the process, and help them to identify the stages. You can’t rush a great meal; sometimes you just have to allow it to simmer. Be a sounding board for them and give them a no-judgement/safe zone to share concerns and fears


Have you or your team reached the exploration stage of change? How did it make you feel? What did you and your employees learn during the process? We’d love to hear more below.

Next week, we examine the final of the four stages: commitment.

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