Change Management: From Past to Present

Change Management: From Past to Present


This exercise helps the delegates to examine our changing world and provides an opportunity to discuss what it means for future. You can use this as part of a change management course or to run it for staff who are subjected to a change management programme.


Discuss the evolution of change on a particular topic based on the images provided.

What You Need

  • Pictures that represent change. These are sets of images from past to present on a particular topic. Here are some examples:
    • Evolution of telephone, from old dial phones, to landlines, to brick cordless phones to mobile phones to smart phones. 
    • Computers
    • Cars
    • Bicycles
    • Fashion
    • Music players
    • Hair styles
    • Singers
    • Actors
    • Movies
    • Interior design
    • Shopping behaviour
    • Overall attitudes in society
    • Roles (from being a daughter, to a sister, to a wife, to a mother and to a grandmother)


  • Divide the delegates to groups of 3 or 4. Make sure there is an age variation in each group.
  • Give one set of images on a particular topic to each group at random.
  • Ask the groups to discuss the changes that took place in that topic based on experience and memory while getting inspired by the images.
  • Naturally, those who are older can talk about the past and explain how they had to deal with the change at each stage.
  • Encourage groups to discuss the significance of these changes in the society and also specifically in their own lives.
  • Encourage groups to talk about the future of that topic, what they expect to happen next, how it would impact their organisations, what they should do to prepare for it.
  • Allow 10 minutes for this part.
  • Collect all images and distribute a different set of images to all groups.
  • Repeat as before for another 10 minutes.
  • Repeat for a third round and then bring back everyone together.
  • Follow with a discussion.


Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes

Activity: 10 min * 3 rounds = 30 minutes

Group Feedback: 10 minutes


What do you think of change? Is it inevitable? How does it affect us all? What should we do to survive a change? What areas do you expect to be most challenging in the future in terms of change and what can you do about them now to stay one step ahead? 




By Krzysztof @ Friday, June 2, 2017 9:26 PM

Interesting opener. If you are looking for something advanced I recommend you this training game:

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Most Similar Exercises & Articles to this in Order of Similarity Are:

Powerful Strategic Planning Exercises to Include in Your Courses
The Strangest Secret: Progressive Realisation of a Worthy Ideal
The Empathy Expedition: Leadership and Change Management Game
Agile vs. Traditional Task Management Exercise
What Does This Picture Say About Your Company
Change Management: Reorganised Wallet-Purse

Training Resources for You

Course Design Strategy

Course Design Strategy

Available as paperback and ebook

Training Resources

Free Training Resources

Download a free comprehensive training package including training guidelines, soft skills training activities, assessment forms and useful training resources that you can use to enhance your courses.

Body Language Guide

Our Comprehensive Guide to Body Language

Train the Trainer Guides

Train the Trainer Resources

Get Insights - Read Guides and Books - Attend Courses

Training Materials

Get downloadable training materials on: Management Training, Personal Development, Interpersonal Development, Human Resources, and Sales & Marketing

Browse Full Product Catalogue About Training Materials