The Seven C's of Change and Development

12 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2014

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Linda Brimm

INSEAD - Organisational Behavior

Date Written: December 16, 2014


This paper describes a framework that I have developed to help people reflect on major changes in their lives. The Seven C’s of Change is useful both as a descriptive and a diagnostic tool. The more an individual has a framework for telling a story, in this case a change story; the greater one’s ability to articulate it clearly and to learn from experience. This also increases the likelihood of being understood by another and creating a genuine dialogue. The 7 C’s framework also affords insight into difficulties encountered in the change cycle, those moments when individuals get stuck and need support or assistance.

Keywords: Psychology, Change, Personal Change, Development, Change Dialogue, Telling a Story of Change, Learning from Experience

Suggested Citation

Brimm, Linda, The Seven C's of Change and Development (December 16, 2014). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2014/66/OBH, Available at SSRN: or

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