Force Field Problem Solving Model

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Provide groups with a reliable and systematic framework for solving complex problems with the Force Field Problem Solving Model, 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.
How It Works

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

The Force Field Problem Solving Model is built on Kurt Lewin's "Force Field Model." The concept behind the Force Field Model is that any situation is the result of opposing forces, some of which push for positive problem resolution and others that push against positive resolution. Problem solvers can change a situation for the better by changing the forces that impact it.

Product Details

Facilitator guide includes:
  • Administrative guidelines
  • Theoretical background
  • The "Force Field Problem-Solving Model"
  • PowerPoint presentation
Self Assessment also includes:
  • The "Force Field Problem Solving Model"
  • Problem-solving activity
  • "Force Field" chart
  • Action planning

Time Required
1 to 2 hours

What to Order
Order one facilitator guide per facilitator and one self assessment per participant. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.