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Ways to Think about your Thinking

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Ways to Think about your Thinking

Week 4: 7-Level Thinking Duke Rohe drohe@pdq.net

    Mind shift Change Model courtesy of the Office of Strategic Innovation Mindshift Mindshift Mindshift

Overview:

    Change always seems so amorphous, ominous, relentless. It‟s hard to get your arms around something you can‟t readily describe. My thinking mentor, Rolf Smith derived the 7 Levels of Change. Once you understand the type of change, it is easier to narrow the focus on the type of thinking needed to overcome it. This exercise will take more than a week to internalize and recognize, but it should be a staple in your thinking toolbox.

Objectives:

    1. Open up thinking through understanding the 7 Levels of Change

    2. Add more value to your change effort

    Participants: This can be a solo exercise or it could be formed into a team initiative.

Procedure:

    1. Review the attachments using Office of Strategic Innovation‟s 7 Levels of

    Change

    a. At work format

    b. At home format

    c. In God style format

    2. For a full understanding, reference the 7 Levels of Change by Rolf Smith

    3. Look at simple a change that is needed and determine which Level or

    combination of Level(s) of change are in play. There is a focused level of

    thinking for each level of change.

    4. At work, take a project you are working on and begin looking at the

    change needed. Example:

    a. Level 1 - Do the right thing: Are the aspects of the project properly

    prioritized, focused?

    b. Level 2 Do the thing right: Are there operating procedures that

    are clear, understood and accessibly close to where the work is

    done?

    c. Level 3 Change Do things better: Are there process/procedure

    that could be improved regardless of size?

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    d. Level 4 Change Do away with things that are in the way: What

    are outdated procedures, workplace clutter, useless reports that

    need to be eliminated, removed or replaced?

    e. Level 5 Change Do things others do well: What are similar

    patterns from competitors, other industries, that could be adapted

    and adopted into the workplace?

    f. Level 6 Change - Do things no other is doing: What are things that

    could distinguish, give competitive advantage, ultimately be

    innovative?

    g. Level 7 Change Do things that can‟t be done: What is impossible

    today, that hasn‟t been thought of or dared?

    5. As a team exercise: Enlist, engage, empower both leadership and staff to

    focus and think on a Level of Change. Each week pick a different Level of

    change of focus. Turn their input into beneficial change

    6. As you attempt change on a project or personal endeavor, think of the

    Levels that might add value to the outcome. Find application of the Levels

    of change that will add change potential.

    7. Catalogue your changes: work, home, spiritual. It solidifies the types of

    change in play, and the type of thinking needed to master it.

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Seven Levels of Change at Work

1. DO THE RIGHT THINGS

     Set priorities ; Use 80:20 thinking

     Do what‟s important first ; Become more effective

2. DO THINGS RIGHT

     Follow procedures ; Understand standards

     Become more efficient ; Clean up your mess

3. DO THINGS BETTER

     Think about what you‟re doing ; Listen to suggestions

     Think of ways to improve things ; Help, coach, and mentor

4. DO AWAY WITH THINGS

     Stop doing what doesn‟t count ; Ask, “why?”

     Eliminate waste ; Become more productive

    5. DO THINGS OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING

     Take time out to think ; Find best practices

     Read, observe, notice, study ; Copy!

6. DO THINGS THAT HAVEN‟T BEEN DONE

     Consider crazy ideas ; Try new technologies

     Try things you think will work ; Ask, “why not?”

7. DO THINGS THAT CAN‟T BE DONE

     What‟s impossible for you today? ; Where will it take real magic?

     Imagineer a perfect process ; “Wouldn‟t it be amazing if .

    Copyright ? 1991, The Office of Strategic Innovation, Inc.

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Seven Levels of Change at Home

. DO THINGS RIGHT

     Meet expectations you set ; Pick up after yourself

     Keep your promises ; Turn off the lights

2. DO THE RIGHT THINGS

     Balance God , home and work ; Praise and compliment

     Set priorities for fun and growth ; Talk and communicate

3. DO THINGS BETTER

     Be more loving and supporting ; Improve home routines

     Become more cost conscious ; Grow and learn

4. DO AWAY WITH THINGS

     Cease wasting money ; End criticizing and blaming

     Stop negative “self-talk” ; Pick your battles carefully

5. DO THINGS OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING

     Copy what works ; Pick up new “good” habits

     Tell stories and have fun ; Read, study, discuss

6. DO THINGS THAT HAVEN‟T BEEN DONE

    Your home: a place for ideas ; Mentally incorporate: We, Inc.

     Stick ideas on the refrigerator ; Listen to each other

7. DO THINGS THAT CAN‟T BE DONE

Dream the impossible dream ; Trust God to do what you can‟t

    “Wouldn‟t it be amazing if ...” ; Share each other‟s dreams

     Copyright ? 1991, The Office of Strategic Innovation, Inc.

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The 7 Levels of Change: God-Style

    took Rolf Smith‟s „7 Levels‟, added a sanctified imagination and this is what came out. Duke

LEVEL 1 Do the Right Thing

    This is purposely electing to seek God in every situation as you march through life. With Him as your banner and guide, you cannot go wrong. You may take some interesting side-trips to learn some more „climbing‟ skills, but this is all to grow you closer to Him.

LEVEL 2 Do the Thing Right

    It‟s one thing to know what is right, but it‟s another flesh-beating thing to

    continually do it right. We become slaves to what we surrender to, so choose: flesh or spirit. One leads to life.

LEVEL 3 Do Things Better

    Once you get the first two in alignment, God starts chiseling away at the third level. Sometimes it is victory-on-a-stick, other times it is gain-thru-pain. In either case, if it is from God, it‟s good. And as it grows you closer to Him, there is never a loss, for He wastes nothing. „Better‟ is learned as we discover who we aren‟t, and Who His is.

LEVEL 4 Do Away With Things

    We are so good at To-do lists, what about our Stop-do lists. As we grow more, we discover there are generative things God want us to do and to be. Life is a progression toward Him and old ways were just stepping-stones to new ones. So take off the old; walk in the new.

LEVEL 5 Do Things Others Do Well

    We were designed to help and learn from others. Find great models of Lord-lovers and get to understand how they harmonize with heaven. Understand what and how they think and trust and live. What you choose to adopt becomes uniquely yours.

LEVEL 6 Do Things Others Can’t Do -

    This is not meant as a competition with others, but with yourself. Closeness to God is a race against time with yourself. The more you pour into His closeness, the more you realize you are doing what no other can do.

LEVEL 7 Do Things That Can’t Be Done –

    This is only a mustard seed of belief away. This level of change is used to prove that it could NEVER be done by you. When you take God at His Word and trust Him to deliver on a righteous promise, He harnesses all of heaven to bring it about. Every child of God has this level available to them. They need only faith and obedience to receive it.

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    The 7 Levels of Change to Do Right

    Duke

Level 1 Change - To do what‟s right, run toward the

    right thing.

Level 2 Change - To do it the right way, set the right

    standard for what is right.

    Level 3 Change To do it better, do more of what‟s right.

    Level 4 Change To do away with what‟s in the way of right, stop doing what‟s wrong.

    Level 5 Change - To adopt the right way, follow the right way.

    Level 6 Change To do the right no other is doing, follow a path no other is following.

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    Differenting

    I know it’s not a proper word, but if it were in Webster’s, it wouldn’t be different. If I were to coin the meaning of differenting, it might be “The act of doing or becoming different from the point where you are.” Being

    different adds dimension. It is seeing both ends of a spectrum and appreciating you are swinging somewhere in between. We all want to be different, just at different rates. We can only learn through difference. Being different causes us to be more alert, more prepared for change. How would you know the height of joy unless you experienced the depth of grief? Living a flat-line existence is really death in a changing world. Life is too dynamic to allow it to remain the same. Why do you think opposites attract? Why do you pledge in marriage to love for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health? Life is lived between these differences. Different is poetry in the Hebrew language. We rhyme in rhythm, they rhythm in contrast. Check out the book of Proverbs. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful

    are the kisses of an enemy.” Prov 27:6 Want to see how differences can add dimension to things around you? Next time you are driving and you view the scenery in front of you, begin alternating your focus on objects close, then objects far. All of a sudden a two-dimensional panorama turns into three-

    dimensional display. It’s much richer. View your life the same manner. Learn to enjoy its variation. It adds flavor to it. Different stretches your

    character. It adds flexibility that will be needed later. Human life is strengthened when it has been tempered with different. Different doesn’t

    have to be a homerun; just a base hit. In fact, incremental doses of different readies us for those giant steps that disrupts our lives. Different keeps us off balance. Just think, you can’t change without a difference. Different may be uncomfortable at first, but its reward is often well worth it. We will never know what we are missing unless we can see difference. So, go ahead, choose to be or do something different. Enjoy a new path (even a longer route) to work. Take your life off autopilot and do the deliberate instead of the rote. Listen to different music. Watch a different kind of movie. Learn the value behind the different. In a world made for change, growing from different is much easier than trying to keep things the same.

    Just Do It, Different

    Duke

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