Four Rooms of Change

A research-based framework for change facilitation

The Four Rooms of Change® is a theory that deals with change, with what happens with people and organisations in transition and with how they can influence the change process by taking responsibility for their emotions and actions.

The model was developed by the Swedish psychologist, Claes Janssen, in the late 60s and early 70s as part of his groundbreaking research on the dynamics of change.

The four rooms - or psychological states of mind - are Contentment, Self-Censorship & Denial, Confusion & Conflict and Inspiration & Renewal.

From theory to toolkit

When Claes Janssen realised the potential value for organisations, he proceeded to develop the Four Rooms of Change tool kit. The three main components are the initial half day Introduction, followed by a full day Organisational Barometer, and with optional further modules like the half-day Personal Dialectics.

Key benefits

  • Validated instruments providing insight and metrics at group and individual level
  • Shared understanding of how change affects all of us - in very different ways
  • Defuses the good/bad dynamic regarding change that most organisations suffer from
  • Helps all levels understand and take action to increase contentment, inspiration and renewal

Case study

CLC Partner Lars Hornborg is a Certified User of the Four Rooms of Change framework. In every organisation where this framework is chosen as a way forward, he starts with the Introduction module. Its purpose is to create an experientially based understanding of the dynamics of change and how we all relate differently to change, in all aspects of life.

Organisations looking for better metrics as a way to understand how to improve, will often continue with the Organisational Barometer. As the name implies, this full day workshop focuses on strengths and  weaknesses, leading delegates through a process resulting in action plans, commitments and agreements regarding how to increase contentment and inspiration, meanwhile decreasing censorship, denial and confusion.

The Four Rooms of Change framework also offers a cutting -edge tool for personal development. Its name is Personal Dialectics, and its purpose is to help individuals ascertain where on the Outsider Scale (a 24 step scale indicating change propensity) they are, which specific aspects of their life are not congruent with their values, and how to improve those areas in order to achieve better overall integration in life.

This last tool is especially useful for management teams that are ready to take the next step in moving themselves and their organisations forward.