Personal Assessment Written Change Plan Change Goal: Essay

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Personal Assessment

Written Change Plan

Change goal: Become an assertive individual who can voice opinions and requests in a tactful manner that increases communications harmony.

Expected process for implementing the change: First, I will attend a weekend seminar on how to become a more assertive person. Then, I will purchase books and other helpful resources that will help retrain my thoughts and behaviors. Currently, I struggle asserting myself. Afraid to speak up, I sometimes hold in my true feelings until an outburst happens. The last phase in the change process is to put what I learn into practice. This means recognizing the small incidents in which I demonstrate the new behavioral change.

Progress Report

By attending the weekend seminar, I connected with others who also want to improve their communication style and ability to be assertive. These people became new colleagues who can support me as I implement the desired changes in my life. More importantly, friends and family members will be noticing the changes in my behavior. The friends and family members with whom I am closest are also allies in my quest to create change in my life.

I have been drawing on my strengths during the process of change. By keeping a journal, I have been able to track my progress in this area. When I have setbacks, I write those down too. This way, I have been able to see what incidents give me the most trouble in terms of being assertive. Understanding the situational triggers that cause me to lapse into non-assertive behavior is helping me correct my weaknesses and limitations. Similarly, I am congratulating myself on mastering some situations in which being assertive comes more easily.

III. Key Learning and Applicability to Organizational Change

The principles of change are similar for individuals and organizations. As Robbins & Judge (2011) points out, change can be "forced" or brought about by unseen external events such as a death in the family or a war. However, change is often planned. Planned change is that which is inspired by a desire to reach a personal or organizational goal. By thinking about my intended desire to change the way I communicate, I planned to change by actively pursuing a healthier assertiveness. An organization might be inspired to change things like its customer relations.

Robbins & Judge (2011) also point out the factors involved in resistance to change. I noticed a little bit of resistance to change in some situations. These situations were those I identified as my weakest spots in terms of ability to remain assertive. There were times I slipped into old behaviors by factors like habit and security, which are also identified as personal resistance to organizational change (Robbins & Judge, 2011). Issues…

Sources Used in Document:


Gilley, A., Godek, M. & Gilley, J.W. (2009). Change, resistance, and the organizational immune system. SAM Advanced Management Journal 74(4).

Joyner, A.J. (2006). Organizational Theory, Design, and Change. Pearson.

Robbins & Judge (2011). Organizational change. Chapter 18 in Organizational Behavior. 14th edition.

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