A Change-management Model

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Adjusting to a new culture can be difficult. This article is one element from the CIT Next online course Culture Shock. The inertia involved in fighting change often may not be a good thing! Can we make a shift toward seeing cultural adjustment as an active, positive process of dealing with change? Change is inevitable, so make the effort to plan for it.

Are you past the fun and now into the challenges of living and ministering in a new culture? There are some good principles that you can put into practice as you seek to weather culture shock and adapt well to the place where God has sent you. Survival is not the goal; rather, the goal is to allow God to grow you in a way that prepares you to understand and love others around you. Cultural Shock may be just the course that will help.

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Prime Minister Tony Blair once said, “Ideals survive through change. They die through inertia in the face of challenge.”

The inertia involved in fighting change often may not be a good thing!  Can we make a shift toward seeing cultural adjustment as an active, positive process of dealing with change?  Change is inevitable, so make the effort to plan for it.

Darlene Jovellanos’ article that we just read, suggested that a change-management model of cultural adjustment may be helpful in capturing the ideals of how cross-cultural workers can approach their personal journey of cultural adjustment.  Take a look at this article and see what you think…

The Change Cycle Overview

Now, take a few moments and think about the implications as we overlay the Kwast Model of Culture with the Change Cycle:

 

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