The Curly Hair of Change

The Curly Hair of Change

I was busy writing a buzz on behavioral change when the idea of this buzz suddenly popped up. Change follows a curved path and straight hair follows a curly path to become curved. Are there similarities between the two changes and what lessons does the curly hair metaphor teach us? This buzz tries to provide answers to these questions.

The hair goes through a process to curve. In very simple terms, sulfur on one hair crosslink with another sulfur on a different hair. This lead to the curvature of the hair so as to shorten the bonding distance between them. Graphically, this may be shown as follows:

The Curly Hair of Change

The curly hairs will later straighten up. This is because new hair, which is straight, grows in as the "perm" grows out. The old and new hairs grow in opposite directions.

People like to stay in their comfort zone and to grow linearly. But change has a curve and so what caused people to fall on a curve? What caused the straight hairs of change to curve? People go through four phases of change. These are:

1. Rejection of change

2. Resistance of change

3. Acceptance of change, and

4. Demand for more change

People don't go through these stages at equal rates. Some people will move into the acceptance and demand stages while many others shall be lagging in rejection and resistance stages. The organizational body shall be emotionally charged- positively and negatively. Some people shall be growing in and other people growing out. The result is the organization shall revert to type and back to the previous state.

We can view the situation by applying the CIPP Factors. CIPP is the acronym for confidence, intimacy, Pride and passion. When change occurs some people will be confident it is for the benefit of the organization and they build intimacy with the forthcoming changes and move to being proud to experience the change and be passionate about it by inviting others to follow steps. Not all people will share same feeling and those people shall deny that change will impact their lives and the organization. Again, a battle of emotions prevail and you have growing in and growing out patterns taking place simultaneously. No wonder that the curved hairs of change go back to their original straight form.

Leaves curl and their curvature might indicate how healthy change might be. Peach leaves curl and this isn't a healthy sign. The colors of the leaves of peach change from green to red to purple and end up with white bloom covering each leaf. Not all curly changes are healthy and the severity of unhealthiness may be estimated from the color of change.

The Curly Hair of Change


The hair shaft is reflective of the "change shaft". We make changes as we make curly hairs. For example, the oils secreted into the hair shaft by glands can travel down the shaft of straight hair more easily than a curly hair. When we change shapes we also change behaviors. Can we learn from the behavior of curly hair to model the behavior of organizations going through the curly change? That is if we don't wish to go into a disastrous curly change similar to thatΒ of the leaves


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Just for your attention Praveen Raj Gullepalli- I have already up-loaded my buzz on The Fractal Change, which I mentioned to you earlier.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Thank you dear Praveen Raj Gullepalli. In a forthcoming post which I shall dedicate to you I shall respond to your kind words and insightful comments. I assure you the value of a buzz is measured by the value of comments it brings. I am deeply grateful to you on my behalf and beBee as well

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
Dear Praveen Raj Gullepalli- I am posting in few minutes the second part of this buzz tited "The Fractal Change". I hope I am addressing your great points in it. We have telepathy my friend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
" because we now live in the visual age - we are beginning to see and question our beliefs". Great dear CityVP Manjit write in her comment below "from a state of question / answering to a state of just being". Visuals increased our questioning of our beliefs and yet accepting change is a source of relief. Between "relief and belief" there is a gelly state? I would love to hear from both of you my friends.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
"changing ourselves is the best thing"- I couldn't agree more. Change starts from within and you dearest Melissa Hefferman and your female friend are very wise. It is like motivation if from within it stays self-renewing, but if from outside then it needs refueling. This is the way to move from " good thing, from a state of question / answering to a state of just being" as you ably wrote. Change is a fact and accepting it makes us feel better because we don't feel that we are forced to change. The motivation is from within. Thank you again Melissa for highlighting highly relevant points.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #20

#13
The distinction between hair and no hair begins with iconic symbol of Hair the Musical in 1967 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_(musical) from this musical came the even more iconic song Aquarius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB90kgSnqFE - this was the greatest symbolic representation of HAIR because this was a huge statement of change especially with the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Instead of moving society towards renaissance, as a society we moved to the yuppie and image age of the 80's signified by the Gordon Gekko moive "Greed is good" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF_iorX_MAw and the acceleration of the branded life - and that is what I mean by "no-hair" in particular a taboo about body hair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvAZq018bu8 - so what is different about the 21st Century? Instead of investing ourselves in image and ideologies - because we now live in the visual age - we are beginning to see and question our beliefs. Even with Kubler Ross http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-doubts/3-myths-of-grief-to-stop-believing_b_9134220.html

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
I plan to publish tomorrow evening my friend Aaron Skogen

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
I greatly appreciate your change experience dear Tausif Mundrawala. Thank you for your contribution

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Dear Aaron Skogen- many thanks for writing such a challenging comment. This comment and few others raised so many eyebrows and I decided to write Part 2 in an attempt to answer and explore new horizons. For example, not all hair is the same (hair on arms has a different role on head). Second, are hair tips similar to root tips i plants? It turns out yes they are. Third point- if hairs are fractal then how best may we fill in the empty spaces? Some designers created new designs that are unbelievably beautiful. Why do we dye hair and what value do e create? Why is hair-dyeing is a booming business? Why people choose certain dyeing colors and what reflections can we make? here are more questions. We change hair but to what benefit? I released some of my thoughts in respect for your great comment, Aaron

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
A challenging question Joanne Swecker- change is affected by both in my opinion. We need frequency to keep the momentum of change. You inspire me with the idea that change is a like a dry battery. The difference in potential represents the difference in the starting state and end state. The resistance to change is symbolized by the resistance for the flow of electricity (emotions). The rate of the flowing current is determined by both he difference in potential and resistance. If we need to improve the flow we need to frequently work on decreasing the resistance of people who oppose change.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Lisa Gallagher- since reading your last comment my mind is rotating with questions? Is haie fractal? And if yes, with what to fill the spaces? Is long hair in humans has the value of hairy roots acting as sensory agents? Will long hair be more adapted for such possibilities? My journey of discovery started and this is the theme of my next buzz. I changed my topic and now more curved to this one?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
But at least you amaze me equally with your insights dear Lisa Gallagher. Yes, we may generate power from differences in water elevation and then we may use this electric power for other useful uses or into power of producing disruptive chemicals. Why? I fail to understand.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #13

#15
You are always thinking Ali Anani and you never cease to amaze me what inspires you for your next buzz. You are right, we all dream of something we aren't or don't have. I like what you shared about the Arab poets, very insightful lines! I wish all people could accept differences and that we, as a society, realized love always trumps hate. I think many do, but there will always be certain factions (I include Governments as well) who will find ways to try and keep people divided. I wish we had a worldwide movement to put a stop to that. But, I hate war and that's what a movement would probably turn into. :-( I don't just hate war, I despise it and cry over wars. So many innocent people killed and why?!! Ok, rant over.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
You reminded me of how our attitudes vary to the same issue dear Lisa Gallagher. Two Arab poets had these attitudes to white hair. The first one said and I hate translating poetry: If I was to return to my adulthood I would do bid farewell to my white hair with my heart bleeding. The second poet said: I wish my adulthood would come back so that I would tell it what pains being white-haired caused me. Yes, there are many differing views behind hair.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Thank you Lisa Gallagher- it is always more beautiful on the other side of the river!!! Til we cross the river. You know I started this as an analogy between curly hair and curly change, but now the comments have widened the possibilities. Dark hair or what dyeing color? Short hair or long hair? why do we prefer this or that? The story of hate is deeper than what I thought first. I have short her because I hate long hair during summer, in particular.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #10

I love that you explained curly hair Ali Anani and used it as an analogy for change. I think I'm between stage 3 and 4. Working on stage 4, slowly. I have set backs at times. I think we all have moments when we question if the change we desire will be beneficial , too much or just what we were hoping for. On a side note, my daughter has curly hair and she straightens it. I wish I had some curls :))

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
largely frightened of the curly hair of change - and they continue to play the game straight As much as we talk about the developments that are 21st Century - both of these generations continue to live in the past. The above quotes from your distinguished comment CityVP Manjit show that we still convert to type and the changes that we make are superficial in their value. in nature. A core issue you add is "What has compounded the hair metaphor is what I see as the "hair generation" and the "no-hair generation"It yes or no, or all or nothing. The hair issue has its hidden or below the surface causes. This is a new issue and surely merits further exploration. Deeply indebted to you, dear Manjit

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Your comment Melissa Hefferman brings back the important issue of change to what? Your example simply empowers the value of asking and answering this question. We might find that we try to change superficially and in the process we are paying extra mone. Changes that in reality are not. Yes, your comment throws a spotlight on a hugely important issue.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Dear Joanne Swecker- you remind me of the term I used few years back "Change elasticity", in emulation of price elasticity. Now, you open my eyes to the idea of change selectivity- change some of our thinking, of our habits and of our behaviors. We change or accept changes that conform with our desires and in what shape we want to be. Do we become anisotropic because of this? You bring a hugely relevant point and I know I shall be probing this for further illumination. Joanne- I am busy now exploring the significance of your remarkable comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD- every day you show how your diversified background is helping us discover new perspectives. This comment is so rich that it merits a post to answer all your relevant points. You mentioned the burning of forest and the necessity to start new growth and that serendipity may play its role. On LI wrote the following comment "Prasad TupacheCharley hairs are often the symbol of intelligence, refer to Lord Buddha's sculpture in China. In fact hairs are part of bones and hairs protects head, in that sense, covering of positive thoughts is necessary to protect the body from Ill effects of surrounding. regards". debasish majumder referred to the burning of bones that give curved structures. These comments show how we develop new and expansive views when we care to exchange knowledge. This fits very well with your call in your comment "is best to know about the negatives, but move onward out of the shade and into the sunshine, where Solutions and Salutations of Sympathy and compassion reign". Remarkable comment and I genuinely thank you, dear Margaret

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #5

Let me start with the sentiment of people about organizations today. The Edelman Trust barometer tells us that trust levels are low for corporations, we also know that corporate initiatives such engagement miss their mark, and that isn't surprising because organizations are still largely frightened of the curly hair of change - and they continue to play the game straight, whether they set up a CSR program with talking points for corporate social responsibility or how issues and views are processed through the PR or legal departments - if that is the state of the union today, then corporations are more straight hair than curly hair. What has compounded the hair metaphor is what I see as the "hair generation" and the "no-hair generation". The hair generation are those folk who still represent the ethos and philosophies of the 60's counter-culture movement. The no-hair generation represent the post Baywatch generation where the modern millennial is - no photograph of a modern hero of a millennial has a hairy chest, all the legs are clean shaven and hair-removal and cosmetic surgery are still big-booming business enterprises. That the modern corporation is squeaky-clean for branding purposes as the no-hair generation simply speaks to a world that is suffocating in branded persona's and phoney characteristics. Yet the hair generation have made a huge contribution to the world of technology, and this comes in the form of hippies who became technologists. Hippies like Steve Jobs. Yet the hair generation of the counter-culture movement and the no-hair generation of the branded world are both throwbacks to a 20th Century world. As much as we talk about the developments that are 21st Century - both of these generations continue to live in the past.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
What a remarkable comment dear debasish majumder. Your observation "when we add fire to a piece of paper, it burns and change its shape in to a curly one in the conversion of ash. it change in to carbon. the same carbon being anti-oxidant enable iron to become rust resistant, an useful change for us. being curly is the nature's inevitable manifestation, spiral in nature, involving all in a design of alignment' is so deep and it sent my mind in many directions thinking. Honestly, your comment is a great gift.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I m truly in smiles because of your comment Sara Jacobovici. You wrote your comment freely and I wrote this buzz freely. Freely-written comment to a freely-written buzz. I love your point that objects might look linear when in fact they are curved. To what degree they are curved is affected by cross-linking and by the environment. In humid air you know what it does to hair. Yes, the more curly the hair is, the more its behavior changes. The more the change curve is, the more we have to realize that its behavior might change. It is simply not a linear behavior-curvature relationship. I always appreciate your delightful insights, dear Sara

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Ia m truly in smiles because of your comment Sara Jacobovici. You wrote your comment freely and I wrote this buzz freely. Freely-written comment to a freely-written buzz. I love your point that objects might look linear when in fact they are curved. To what degree they are curved is affected by cross-linking and by the environment. In humid air you know what it does to hair. Yes, the more curly the hair is, the more its behavior changes. The more the change curve is, the more we have to realize that its behavior might change. It is simply not a linear behavior-curvature relationship. I always appreciate your delightful insights, dear Sarah Elkins

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #1

I decided Ali Anani, that although I am sacrificing a degree of quality to the writing, that I will write freely and allow my thoughts to flow after reading a post of yours. So the first thought that comes to mind is that I am convinced by what you describe, "straight hair follows a curly path to become curved", that "straight" or "linear" does not really exist. They are optical illusions. Everything is curved. One example is when we look towards the horizon or sail into it, we don't experience the earth's curvature. Another thought is related to: "People go through four phases of change. These are: 1. Rejection of change 2. Resistance of change 3. Acceptance of change, and 4. Demand for more change." I have said in the past that, from my perspective, change cannot happen with out going thorough a grieving process. I can't help but see similarities between the 4 phases of change that present and the 5 stages of grief by KΓΌbler-Ross; Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Finally, when you write, "When we change shapes we also change behaviors.", I consider this the key element in enabling the potential for behavioural change. Thanks, as always, Dr. Ali, for a thought provoking piece.

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