Figure 1: SCARED model
utilized and implemented on behalf of organisational change to benefit organisations and corporations. There are a few of the major change models focusing on the individual, but they tend to be prescriptive towards a negative reaction and don’t allow for personal choice. The element of positive or neutral emotions are typically left out. Next to none answer that question of “So What can I do about it?” I argue that ‘Personal Change’ must be the 1st element of focus to bring the individual through the change process for themselves. Then, perhaps, organizational change will have a greater chance for success.
SCARED-SO WHAT™ is a new change model that is designed to incorporate personal choice via positive, neutral, or negative change experiences that a person may find themselves involved within a certain situation. The change may be self-imposed or thrust upon them with or without notice.
The model is designed to help a person to stop and ask themselves “Where am I within this change process?”
Looking at the first part (in Figure 1), SCARED is a non-linear model that can resemble change in real life, at work or at home moments, where people identify with potential fear or excitement of a change. Remember, while the fear of change is called Metathesiophobia, you do not have to take the model literally. You do not have to be “Scared” for the model to work. You’ll also notice that over time, people can express neutral, positive, or negative reactions in their behaviour as each element applies to them in the cycle.
Surprise can be positive or negative. People can be Conflicted or Champion the change. Actions will occur when people begin to ask questions or seek clarity of the change. People can become Receptive or flat out Reject the change being imposed upon them. Next, one might Explore options or a way forward before coming to a Decision point.
In the SCARED model, during a change process, the goal is to break out of the fear of change with a favourable decision point. If one cannot, then they may repress themselves back into the SCARED cycle until they can. If they remain inside this cycle it could be due to indecision or absence of information.
An example of the SCARED model over time (in Figure 2), and energy is represented here. Note that the stages will move up and down depending on the persons experience. The process is not linear, and one may skip or bypass a portion of the cycle. The experience and results will be personal to the individual going through the change process.