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Force Field offers a dependable and methodical approach for groups tackling complex issues. It teaches participants a five-step method that leads them from problem identification to the formulation of strategic action plans, enhancing their organization's productivity.

Problem Solving

Assessment and workshop


All individuals of an organization

1 to 2 hours


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

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

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.

What to order

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,

QuickStart Train-the-Trainer: 1-Hour Virtual Coaching Session for This Product

QST is a convenient, one-hour virtual coaching session for first-time facilitators of this product. You'll receive personalized, one-on-one coaching with a subject matter expert who will get you up to speed quickly and accurately so you can step into the onsite with confidence. We'll answer all your questions about the facilitation of the product. And you can add additional coaching hours as needed. Your coaching session can be provided by telephone or video call and at a time of your choosing.

Facilitators will also receive an HRDQ Certificate of Completion for completing the QuickStart session.

About the authors

The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skill 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.

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