The “Change Demarcation Rule” is the essential “first step” of any change project.
You need to determine…
- whether a change is actually needed or required (If NOT, why are you reading this? If YES, please continue…)
- the urgency of change (i.e. how much time is left before it become an irreversible crisis)
- why is change necessary (i.e. what will you gain by implementing change and what will you lose by not implementing change)
- which areas of our life are most affected by change (e.g. personal, professional, family, friends, work, …etc.)
- the extent of change required (i.e. other people or groups of people involved)
The demarcation rule – in essence – allows you to to know, grasp and understand the full extent of that, with which you are confronted at this stage. Without change demarcation as foundation and change context, any change effort will be full of surprises, unexpected twists, turns and worst of all, “force” your attention and efforts to deal with what you cannot control, while neglecting that you can control.