FOUR ROOMS OF CHANGE

 

The Four Rooms of change
- A theory and working method created by Claes Janssen

 

Model for involvement and implementation

 
 
 

Several researchers have described the emotional roller coaster a person goes through in connection with crises or major changes. One of the most widespread is Claes Janssen's "The Four Rooms of Change".

In addition to describing different phases in an individual's journey of change, there is a complete work material for work groups, where the group is helped to make visible what happens in a change and together develop a way forward, based on the group's needs.

 

From Wikipedia (translated from Swedish):

 
The four rooms of change (sometimes called the "Four Rooms") are a theory of change. It is used to analyze how people and organizations react in crisis and development, under stress and external pressure.

The theory of the Four Rooms of Change is based on Claes Janssen's research at Stockholm University. In his research, Claes Janssen discovered a movement between four basic psychological states, which all people seemed to go through in shorter or longer cycles of their lives.
 
The core of the theory is a four-part model, the "four-roomer", which shows how an individual or a group travels through different stages in a change process.

The four parts are
  • satisfaction
  • censorship / denial
  • confusion and conflict
  • inspiration / renewal
Since 1993, the theory has been applied in working life through a number of diagnostic tools, such as the Organizational Barometer. IKEA has been using the concept throughout the group since 1996. Over time, Förändringen's four rooms have also become widespread in, among other things, schools and sports.
 

From the website of The Four Rooms of Change (translated from Swedish):

 
What are the Four Rooms of Change?
The four-room apartment, as it is also called, is a complete concept of methods, analytical instruments and models that work for innovation, development and change.
 
The four rooms of change have their origins in the psychologist and researcher Claes Janssen's research that shows how an individual or a group travels through different states in change processes. It also shows how we as individuals experience reality completely differently, and how these differences can prevent or promote cooperation, change and development. Based on these research results, Janssen developed a series of practical and user-friendly analysis instruments, models and tools that are used with great success in both individual, group and business development.
 
The Four Rooms of Change has for decades helped hundreds of thousands of people and their businesses succeed worldwide.
 
The Four Rooms® of Change® is a registered trademark in Sweden and in large parts of the world. This means that only certified users may use the various brands as well as the texts, concepts, analytical instruments, models and tools that are developed within the framework of the theory and concept.
 
About the concept
The four-room apartment is considered by many to be one of the world's most practically useful psychological theories - not least in business. But Fyrarummaren actually works in all types of social systems, from the family to the classroom, in the sports team or in elderly care. With its models, analysis tools and tools, the concept makes a difference in all companies and organizations - immediately and with everyone involved and active.
 
The four-room can be used in connection with all change, innovation and development to achieve results and increase the pace of change and / or development. Involves everyone in the process, creates commitment and participation. A simple pedagogy does not require long run-in periods or advanced training. It "just works"!
 
The concept consists of
  • A psychological theory as a basis and pedagogical application models based on the theory.
  • Eight different analysis instruments.
  • Step-by-step guides for working with analysis instruments and models.
  • Tools for daily use and follow-up, such as magnetic boards, workbooks and pre-printed flipcharts.
Areas of use are, for example:
  • In connection with all change and business development.
  • At the start of a project and for later reconciliation of the situation in the project.
  • In group and team development.
  • For individual support, coaching, individual supervision or equivalent.
  • To investigate the climate in a group or business.
  • In leadership development and in work with management groups and boards.
  • For systematic work environment work.
  • The tools work in all types of companies and organizations. At individual, group or system level. The instruments are translated into a variety of languages.
 The Four Rooms® of Change® is a registered trademark in Sweden and in large parts of the world. This means that only certified users may use the various brands as well as the texts, concepts, analytical instruments, models and tools that are developed within the framework of the theory and concept.
 

Suitable for...

  • Change where the involvement, joint processing and anchoring of all managers and employees is important, and must take time.
 

Less suitable for...

  • Roll-out of new IT systems or working methods, where the opportunity to influence is small
  • In case of change where there is no time for involvement and / or processing
  • Rationalization projects (cuts often arouse strong emotions that complicate engagement work)

Keep in mind that...

  • Before implementation with this model, the Change Project's platform needs to be developed
  • After implementation, the new working methods / roles / processes should be introduced in existing control documents.