When Belief Statements Become Effective Change Management Tools

A change management tool would be a method by which the behavior of
people within an organization can be adjusted so that the desired
change can be achieved. One good tool to use would be belief

Belief statements can be effective change management tools when
certain conditions are met. First, the people should actually believe
that these belief statements are good for them. This will have a
corresponding effect on their attitudes. If you have the right
attitude, you can accomplish much.

Second, if you know of any attitudes existing within the minds of
people in the target organization which may hamper the efficacy of
the proposed changes, they and you must take steps to adjust those
attitudes. But the first step must always be undertaken first by the
people – in the same way that no one can be hypnotized against his
will, no person will believe a belief statement if his attitude runs
to the contrary, unless that person changes his attitude first.

You have probably heard of born-again Christians conducting Bible
study groups to which they invite skeptics. The skeptics have an
attitude that effectively says: I do not believe that the Bible has
the answers to my problems. The born-again Christian has the attitude
that says: I think it does and can solve your problems. So the Bible
study sessions can be perceived as change management sessions that
aim to uncover the roots contributing to the attitude of the skeptic
which prevent the skeptic from undergoing a change management
program that adheres to Biblical beliefs. A skeptic who has been able
to change his mind (or rather his attitude) about Biblical beliefs
will then adopt a belief statement that says: I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me. But it all has to start within the
mind and heart of the skeptic first.

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