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Understanding Organizational Readiness for Change

Change readiness is the cognitive state that occurs when organizational members have positive attitudes, beliefs, and intentions toward the change (Armenakis, Harris, & Mossholder, 1993). Attaining a state of readiness is important to change leaders because those who are asked to undergo a change will be much more likely to accept the change; their resistance to the new directions and behaviors will be lower; and they will be, as a result, much more willing to embrace the change with commitment.

Change readiness is the first of the three cognitive states or conditions that people experience as th...


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Change is more likely to happen when people are “change ready.” Here's a blueprint for encouraging team members’ positive intentions, beliefs, and attitudes toward change. What’s your team’s “change readiness score”?