Force Field Problem Solving Model
Provide groups with a reliable and systematic framework for solving complex problems with the Force Field Model for Problem Solving, based on Kurt Lewin's original work with force-field theory. Participants will learn a five-step process to guide them from defining a problem to creating action plans for strategies and help them make their organizations more productive.
How It Works
Provide groups with a reliable and systematic framework for solving complex problems with the Force Field Model for Problem Solving, based on Kurt Lewin's original work with force-field theory. Participants learn a five-step process to guide them from defining a problem to creating action plans for strategies and help them make their organizations more productive.
The Five-Step Force Field Training Model
- STEP 1: Describe the Current Situation and Define the Problem
- STEP 2: Decide on a Solution Objective
- STEP 3: Identify the Forces
- STEP 4: Determine the Importance and Ease of Change for Each Force
- STEP 5: Create Change Strategies and Develop Action Plans
First, participants thoroughly discuss a particular problem and prepare a complete but brief problem statement. After defining a solution objective, the group then identifies the forces that impact the problem. When all possible forces have been identified, participants determine which forces have enough relevance to warrant their attention. Strategies are then devised to alter those forces. Participants develop an action plan and assign responsibility for the different strategies to the appropriate individuals involved with the problem. Throughout the "force field" process, participants are given the opportunity to evaluate their performance in each of the five problem-solving steps. Task and process evaluation questions for each step are listed in the back of each self-assessment.
Uses and Applications
Although the "Force Field" concept has been used widely as a technique to tackle complex organizational issues, the Force Field Problem Solving Model can be used for everyday problem-solving efforts. The instrument is effective when used alone or as part of a larger training program.
By the end of this workshop, participants will:
- Learn basic task and process skills that can be applied to any problem
- Distinguish driving forces and restraining forces
- Understand how drivers and restrainers impact problem solving
- Move an actual problem toward a solution
- Discover how to design an action plan to achieve an objective
Product Type: Problem solving workshop. The Facilitator Guide is designed as a detailed resource workbook used by the trainer to deepen participants’ understanding of the concepts throughout this workshop.
Target Audience: All individuals of an organization.
Measures: Employees' ability to problem-solve under pressure.
Dimensions: Communication, problem-solving, and assertiveness.
Time Required: 1-2 hours.
What to Order
Starter Kit: Order One Kit for Up to Five Participants & One Trainer.
Includes the Facilitator Guide and five-pack of Paper Assessments.
Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.
Facilitator Guide includes:
- Administrative guidelines
- Theoretical background
- The "Force Field Problem-Solving Model"
- PowerPoint presentation
Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.
Paper Assessment includes:
- The "Force Field Problem Solving Model"
- Problem-solving activity
- "Force Field" chart
- Action planning
About the Authors
The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. We combine the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.