Deutchman’s Theory of Change through the lens of Star Wars

Last week, during Balanced Leadership training, we were asked to summarize a theorist’s idea of change, then to create a drawing to summarize what we had learned. I was assigned Alan Deutchman, author of Change or Die, among other publications.

I was especially intrigued by Deutchman’s three keys to change: Relate, Repeat, and Reframe. Not being a very good artist and only having a few minutes to create my drawing, I decided to use a reference I was fairly certain everyone would know – Luke Skywalker’s metamorphosis into a Jedi knight in the first trilogy of Star Wars.

In the first phase, Relate, learners first form a new relationship with a person, idea, or community that gives them hope. I thought of when young Luke first sees Obi-Wan Kenobi use the force…

droids

…or when he needs convincing that he has the force. In the relate phase, we are still building our awareness of this new idea.

fail

In the second phase, Repeat, learners build their skill set, practice, and master habits that they will need. I thought of Luke’s time on Dagobah as he is going through  Jedi exercises. Many times, at this phase, we are going through the motions of a new habit or skill, but it doesn’t feel second nature.

practice

Finally, at the Reframe stage, learners have new ways of thinking. The world is seen in a manner that wouldn’t have made any sense before. This, of course, is well represented by Luke’s insistence that his father has not completely gone to the dark side.

darthvader

This activity was fun to do and reminded me of the need for play while learning.

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