Announcing the Change Journey

Change is a journey and the journey is always about change. And if there is no change, why bother with the journey? And the best journeys require lots of space of one sort or another. So for great journeys -- just open space. (Harrison Owen)

It's time for a methodology agnostic approach. (Daryl Conner)

The Change Journey Map brings us back to the roots of our craft as consultants.
(Dr. Helmut Volkmann)

The Change Journey is a radical approach to change. It is based on the paradigm that change in organizations is not a linear path from A to B. As many of us experience, what happens in a change process is largely unpredictable. Our Change Journey Map then helps you to navigate through uncertainty. This Map is inclusive - which means whatever tools and models you are used to can be incorporated. For all of you who are involved in a change process - we invite you to become a fellow traveller! This community is the place to reflect about the journey principles and tools that go along.


This is a journey - not a blueprint. Organizations and individuals can only master change processes when they are ready to find their own path. The journey then is constructed from something we already know as well as from that which is unknown. The journey teaches us.

Why do many change projects fail?
Many organizations and legions of management consultants fail to implement sustainable change: they design the process around the tool or model they want to apply. We turn that principle around and encourage leaders to design their specific change model according to the needs that emerge in the change process.

And what can be done?

With the Change Journey Map, we offer a meta model which can accommodate your own methodologies, tools and models. It is a catalyst for dialogue and exploration of different perspectives. Through common thinking, teams are enabled to co-create sustainable actions. Read more about the background of the Change Journey.

How can you get involved?
If you are advising individuals, teams and organizations in change processes, we invite you to become a practitioner of the Change Journey Map - it is the tool you will use for your collaborative design of Change Journeys.

Starting from June 1, 2010, your travel guides Holger Nauheimer and Vesa Purokuru will present The Map in a road show through various cities in the world. This is an opportunity for you to become a licensee! You can follow this journey on our blog and we invite you to take part in the dialogue around The Map. Create your own profile here and post your comments.

Watch an Introduction Video

(A longer and more comprehensive introduction can be found on Vimeo)


The Change Journey in public sector

Are there any good examples of using The Change Journey methodology and The Change Journey Map in large scale change in public sector? Any thoughts on specific concerns regarding this?Best…Continue

Started by Pär Westring in Sample Title Sep 27, 2013.

The Change Journey: a method of using 1 Reply

Hello all, normally I will use The Change Journey next week as a diagnosis instrument. This is a description of the organisation:there are about 30 people working (consultants, office managers and…Continue

Started by Bart Tielen in Sample Title. Last reply by Holger Nauheimer Jul 3, 2012.

The Change Journey - How Does This Concept Resonate With You? 1 Reply

This is a discussion thread which was opened as a side event to the Radical Real Time Conference on June 5. It will remain open indefinitely. The Change Journey…Continue

Started by Holger Nauheimer in Sample Title. Last reply by Stien Michiels Jun 5, 2010.

What is missing? What should be other principles of the journey? 21 Replies

Please add here you ideas about the underlying principles of the journey, places you miss out, guidelines etc.Continue

Started by Holger Nauheimer in Uncategorized. Last reply by Jeppe Lajer Apr 22, 2010.

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large public sector change

I´m currently in an enviroment where change i happening. The enviroment is public sector, on national scale in Sweden. Are there any good examples out there of using The Cahnge Journey methodology and the Change Journey Map in such cases?


Pär Westring

Posted by Pär Westring on September 27, 2013 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

The Change Journey Map Applied for Team Conflicts

I can't say that I wasn't prepared. When I got this recent assignment for facilitating a workshop for a 7 people HR team, I was warned that there was medium to high risk of conflict. Well, if you know such things in advance, facilitating such a workshop can one of the most rewarding jobs - standing in the middle of the fire. To summarize a long story: the Change Journey Map contributed to a positive outcome.

But let's start from the beginning. Here was a team under enormous pressure…


Posted by Holger Nauheimer on March 29, 2011 at 8:33am — 3 Comments

More background of the Change Journey

I added some more theoretical background on the Change Journey. It looks at different change models and how the Change Journey relates to them.

Posted by Holger Nauheimer on April 8, 2010 at 6:22pm

Member No. 200

Mike Miles from Ottawa is fellow traveller no. 200! Welcome him! Mike teaches and works with managers around change management. He is involved in
some significant change initiatives as Director of the Telfer School MBA
program and he says that he would like to have some fun with others in building
effective strategies.

Mike, I believe this is the right place for you!

Posted by Holger Nauheimer on April 5, 2010 at 5:54pm

Complexity for Dummies

If you want a simple yet convincing demonstration of complexity / chaos theory, watch this:

Now, what does this mean to organizations and change… Continue

Posted by Holger Nauheimer on March 26, 2010 at 12:32am — 2 Comments

Change is Hardest in the Middle

Today, I found a great blog post from Rosabeth Moss Kanter which suits well to the concept of the Change Journey. She describes the difficult journey which often starts with excitement that quickly turns into disappointment and grievances:

Whether you are President Obama leading the economy or Cindy CEO tying to keep your business afloat, use this checklist to determine when to persist and when to… Continue

Posted by Holger Nauheimer on March 18, 2010 at 2:28pm

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