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One constant is that everything changes. How we deal with change influences our day-to-day decisions. The Change Management training modules, in this section, will help bring a greater understanding of the benefits of change and how to deal with it.

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All Change! - How We React to Change

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore the effects and reactions to change when communication is limited.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore the effects and reactions to change when communication is limited.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
Avoid the temptation to brief this exercise in any way.

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Barriers to Change - Icebreaker

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.

Aims:
• To identify common barriers to change.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 25 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To identify common barriers to change.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 15 participants.

You'll Need:
Nothing, other than the handout provided.

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Bouncing Back – The Nature of Resilience

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To define the term 'personal resilience'.
• To explore some of the characteristics of resilience.
• To list some elements that help create resilience.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to run. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To define the term 'personal resilience'.
• To explore some of the characteristics of resilience.
• To list some elements that help create resilience.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• A bouncy rubber ball for each participant.
• Plenty of space to run the exercise.

Notes:
This can be a particularly useful exercise for anyone facing potentially difficult change. Make sure you have a safe place to run this exercise.

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Change Management Word Search

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about many of the key things that need to be in place and considered in order to ensure change is managed successfully.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about many of the key things that need to be in place and considered in order to ensure change is managed successfully.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of any size.

You'll Need:
• A printed copy of the large (A3) Trainer version of the Word Search grid provided, affixed to a flipchart.

Notes:
The time required for this exercise depends on how much time you want to allow for discussion about the significance of the key phrases found. A small prize for the winning team would be nice, though not essential.

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Change Spectrum

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore how your participants feel about a variety of changes.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To explore how your participants feel about a variety of changes.

Group Size:
This activity can be used with groups of any size.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• A piece of string or rope that is approximately 4 metres long.

Notes:
You will need a clear space in which to lay out your ‘Change Spectrum’ and for participants to move along it.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
There is a Remote Delivery version of this module available in Trainers’ Library.

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Change: The Way I Am Feeling...

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants identify their own feelings towards change.
• To recognise that these feelings may be shared by others.
• To identify how participants would like to be feeling by the end of the course.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To help participants identify their own feelings towards change.
• To recognise that these feelings may be shared by others.
• To identify how participants would like to be feeling by the end of the course.

Group Size:
This exercise is suitable for use with groups of up to 20 participants.

You'll Need:
• Blank sheets of A4 paper.
• Pens/pencils with which to draw.

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Changing Behaviours - Responding to Change

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore how different participants feel about and respond to change at work.
• To help participants understand why they may react differently to change outside of the workplace.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To explore how different participants feel about and respond to change at work.
• To help participants understand why they may react differently to change outside of the workplace.

Group Size:
Suitable for use with groups of up to 20 participants.

You'll Need:
• One set of Changing Behaviours Cards for each participant (provided).

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Christmas Gifts - Reviewing and Learning

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to reflect on challenges they’ve faced and identify what they’ve learnt from them.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 20 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to reflect on challenges they’ve faced and identify what they’ve learnt from them.

Group Size:
Suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

Useful For:
Everyone.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This activity was written as a way to reflect on and move forward from the pandemic of 2020. However, it can be easily adapted and used not just to review a year, but, for example, a challenging experience or significant change that participants have been through. This can be a useful way to launch training around resilience, change or a planning session.

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Course Introduction - A Basic Introduction to Training Events

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 25 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
Nothing, other than the materials provided.

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Feelings Towards Change

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore your participants’ response to change and the factors that drive it.

About

Time:
The exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 25 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To explore your participants’ response to change and the factors that drive it.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

Useful For:
Staff at all levels.

You'll Need:
• Five red and five green sticky dots for each participant.

Notes:
You will need to have pre-prepared flipcharts with the statements listed as per the handout.

Remote/Virtual Delivery:
There is a Remote Delivery version of this module available in Trainers’ Library.

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