When we're leading change, we are in control of our own response and outcomes. When change happens to us, it involves a sense of loss. When we experience unexpected or unwanted change that happens to us, we are left grappling with feelings of loss, and grief.
The five stages of grief by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is an oft-cited and poorly understood framework in change. We discuss the additional sixth stage (added by David Kessler in his groundbreaking work) and how this framework applies to change theory and practice. We discuss why loss and grief isn't linear and why groups of people don't always align on the stage they are experiencing and importantly, how to help others move forward by finding meaning.
5 Stages of Grief
Brené Brown & David Kessler
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