Six Reasons Why Resistance Challenges Those Responsible for Organisational Change
Anyone responsible for facilitating change in organisations or groups will, without doubt, encounter people who resist their efforts.
In my experience, I often see managers and leaders lose their nerve in the face of active resistance and change efforts inevitably falter. Here are six of the most common reasons resistance is so challenging:
PerceptionI’m fascinated by how those who resist change are perceived by those trying to initiate it. I run a workshop on resistance and start by asking participants to describe how they experience the resistor. This results in lots of energy and a flipchart with descriptions such as:
So perception is key and it’s essential to see that resistance has value. It’s a natural force and energy that serves to protect and preserve what we value. If we are to contemplate change, we will need enough environmental support and emotional support so that our resistance is no longer required.
Absence of Curiosity
- Knowledge about aspects of your proposal that may need refined
- Knowledge about the support people need to embrace the change
It’s a process not a task
Implementation needs support
Managing resistance takes nerve and guts. If you don’t see yourself possessing these qualities, get yourself a coach who can help you build your resilience.