Leading Organizational Change: Principles Gained from Personal Construct Psychology and Repertory Grid Technique. Scott O. Farnum, LCPC, LADC, MPA NIATX, Process Improvement Coach Lynn M. Madden, MPA, CHE APT Foundation David L. Prescott, Ph.D . Acadia Hospital.
Principles Gained from Personal Construct Psychology and Repertory Grid Technique
Scott O. Farnum, LCPC, LADC, MPA
NIATX, Process Improvement Coach
Lynn M. Madden, MPA, CHE
David L. Prescott, Ph.D.
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“A good deal is said these days about being oneself. It is supposed to be healthy to be oneself. While it is a little hard for me to understand how one could be anything else, I suppose what is meant is that one should not strive to become anything other than what he is. This strikes me as a very dull way of living; in fact, I would be inclined to argue that all of us would be better off if we set out to be something other than what we are. Well, I’m not so sure we would all be better off - perhaps it would be more accurate to say life would be a lot more interesting.”
George Kelly, The Language of Hypothesis, 1964
1.) The elicitation of elements identifying the things in the arena to be investigated.
2.) The elicitation of constructs identifying the distinctions that can be made among these elements.
3.) The construction of a grid of elements and constructs.
A personal construct is a bipolar dimension which each person has created and formed into a system of thought through which they interpret their experiences of the world.
People, things, or events which elicit constructs.
A method for exploring personal construct systems and an attempt to stand in others’ shoes, see the world as they see it, and understand their situations and concerns.
1.) Write the provided elements in the 8 slots along the top of the grid
2.) In the first 2 lines of the grid place an x in the 3 spaces corresponding to the provided numbers
3.) Next place numbered index cards face down
4.) Shuffle the cards
5.) Randomly select 3 cards
6.) Turn the 3 cards over and place an x in the third grid line corresponding to the 3 selected numbers
7.) Return the selected cards to the pile of index cards
8.) Repeat this procedure until all 8 lines are completed
9.) Then decide for each line of the grid, “Out of the 3 elements chosen, which 2 seem to have something more in common with each other?”
10.) Connect these two elements with a line
11.) On the left side of the grid describe what aspect these 2 elements share
12.) One the right side express what makes the 3rd element different