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The Biology and Psychology of Change

Think for a moment about your high school biology class. Remember the term homeostasis? Homeostasis is the process by which an organism self-regulates its internal environment so that it maintains stability. For example, a single-cell organism might regulate its temperature or pH levels.

Now think about humans. It’s a leap from a single-cell organism to the complexity of a human being, but homeostasis is an important part of our biological functioning, as well. My brother-in-law comes north to visit from Florida, and he is always cold on very nice days. When I travel south to visit him, I a...


Cover of Manager’s Guide to Navigating Change


When faced with a major change, nearly everyone goes through predictable phases before they are able to embrace it. When you are aware of how people experience change, you can develop techniques for overcoming the different types of resistance you may face.