6 Forces Resisting Change

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership I recently wrote a post titled 5 Ideas To Direct Your Best Energy Toward Your Greatest Purpose. We need to mobilize leaders. Personally, I want to hate my laziness, television, surfing, and anything keeping me from impact.

6 Distractions Leaders Need To Resist

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Do you get distracted? Everyone does. You do. Distractions are everywhere. Social media has made distractions the norm. Distraction. Distraction. Distraction. Distraction. Distraction. Now go home and help yourself to some more distractions.

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Seeing resistance? Look inside yourself


You might notice a little or a lot of it every day; resistance is all around you, and most prevalent when your organization is in some kind of transition (almost all the time). You may be the key to busting open the wall of resistance. All leaders face resistance.

LeadershipNow 140: November 2013 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from November 2013 that you might have missed: From @TomAsacker : The Paradox of Success. LollyDaskal: It’s important to resist the clamor for fast answers and learn instead to lead with questions.

LeadershipNow 140: March 2013 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from March 2013 that you might have missed: 6 Distractions Leaders Need To Resist by John Bossong. 9 Leadership Lessons from the Best Boss I Ever Had by @ryanestis. Managers: How well do you listen? by Peter E. Friedes.

Resistance and Inward Spiraling Doom Loops

Mike Cardus

Sitting with 20 managers in a Communication and Collaboration Workshop discussing Cooperation and Resistance Loops. We spent too much time on the Resistance Loops or as I call it: Inward Spiraling Doom Loops of Asphyxiation. They feel that and resist.

4 Breakthrough Leadership Strategies for 2013


2013 represents a great opportunity to leapfrog our mental models and innovate our way to breakthroughs for ourselves, our teams, our organizations and, of course, our customers. And in today’s 2013 environment, uncertainty has never been greater.

Make Failure and Learning an Objective :: Resistance to Change

Mike Cardus

In ‘ Resistance to Change. Fear of Temporary Incompetence ’ … I shared some ideas on how to work with resistance to change : Fear of temporary incompetence.

Interview: Measuring Resistance to Change with the LOE Index

Change Starts Here

Listen in to hear the research behind the LOE Index and how the assessment measures resistance to change.

Resistance to Change. Fear of Temporary Incompetence

Mike Cardus

Following my own advice of seeing resistance as a gift and a chance to determine how to cooperate, here are some lessons learned. What resistance to change do you experience? What works to limit some of this resistance? Photo Credit.

Resistance to Change. Fear of Punishment for Incompetence

Mike Cardus

Photo Credit. One manager said “ Sometimes you have to make an example of someone to show people that the change you want is going to happen.”. The managers nodded. I was frightened And asked, “ That may be a good technique.

Weekly Round-Up: On Change Resistance, Leadership & Millennials


Part 2: The Top 3 Problems Leaders Face With Change Resistance & What to Do By: LaMarsh Global A great deal has been written about the impact leadership can have on employees’ decision to change or not to change. Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts.

The Surprising Thing Not to Do When People Resist Change

Change Starts Here

It can be frustrating when people resist the change you are implementing. But, getting the boss involved should not be your default way of handling resistance. The following are three reasons not to escalate the issue up to the boss when people resist change – and one reason you should.

Instead of Making People More Anxious. Make the Learning Easier :: Resistance to Change

Mike Cardus

In ‘ Resistance to Change. Fear of Temporary Incompetence ’ … I shared some ideas on how to work with resistance to change : Fear of temporary incompetence. Instead of viewing the resistance as an issue it gave me a chance to see how each person and the team as a whole cooperates.

It Is Helpful to Listen, Agree, Cooperate. Discover Different Viewpoints :: Resistance to Change

Mike Cardus

In ‘ Resistance to Change. Fear of Temporary Incompetence ’ … I shared some ideas on how to work with resistance to change : Fear of temporary incompetence.

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Hit it with the Simple Stick

Leadership Freak

Leading Managing Marks of leaders Taking others higher easy path Leadership Leadership Development organizational success path of least resistance warren buffett Complexity makes confused leaders feel important when they should feel like failures. The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” Warren Buffett Rivers take long, complex routes to the ocean because they follow the easy path.

Create an Unbalancing Force If You Want To Move an Elephant

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The answer lies in Newton’s First Law: An object continues to do whatever it happens to be doing and resists change unless an unbalancing force is exerted upon it. An Unbalancing Force is needed to overcome resistance to change. Chris is unhappy at work.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. Resistance to Change. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles.

Use how each person and the team responds as a chance to make the learning even easier :: Resistance to Change

Mike Cardus

In ‘ Resistance to Change. Fear of Temporary Incompetence ’ … I shared some ideas on how to work with resistance to change : Fear of temporary incompetence.

An Army of One

General Leadership

However, when we combine several thin layers of timber, and bond them together, the resulting product is strong, durable and very resistant to cracking and warping.

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The Forces of Mediocrity – Origins of Lead Change Part 10

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. Seth Godin, Tribes Our world is marked by a pull to the ordinary. Anything exceptional looks different. We claim to applaud the different, but many things, in fact most things we really like the new, but not necessarily different. Look at just about any area [.]. Leadership Development Character-based Leadership Excellence mediocrity Origins of Lead Change Seth Godin Tribes

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Washington’s Lessons: Control Your Weaknesses

Leading Blog

D EVELOPING our strengths, which represent our capacities, is where we should lead from. But as Washington understood, we must deal with and manage our weaknesses or they may undo any gains we derive from our strengths.

Don’t forget the “thinking” part of strategy


As I’ve observed and listened to leaders, I’ve uncovered some reasons why many leaders resist the thinking part of strategic thinking. Make an appointment with yourself: Put time on your calendar to think and resist the temptation to allow something else to delay or cancel it.

8 Ways to Have a Successful Partnership

Leading Blog

This approach produces a proven template for future roll outs, and positive word of mouth will mean the rest of the distribution network will be awaiting their turn with eager anticipation rather than sullen resistance.

It’s Not About the Bike: A Lesson from Lance Armstrong

Leading Blog

If we have not built the strength of character to resist those temptations, we can easily become the person we don’t recognize. Lance Armstrong once wrote: “I believed I had a responsibility to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking and honorable.

4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

Leading Blog

A shortcut is simply finding the path of least resistance. Ethics is about who we are. Ethics is not so much about what is happening around us, it’s much more about what is going on inside of us. Understanding the difference is critical to being a person with good ethics.

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Tough or Nice? Be Both, And Be Great

Terry Starbucker

I can tell you this – go for it, it will be worth the resistance you may encounter. I believe leadership shoud be more human, because it paves the way for an atmosphere of trust and a culture of accountability, two absolute essentials for success.

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Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. Whenever changes are made at work- an employee is given a new task or a new way to do a current task- there will be resistance. It’s human nature to resist new responsibilities or rules.

Identify your Point of Greatest Opportunity

Leadership Freak

It swings on reluctant hinges called resistance. Failure to push through resistance explains why you’re stuck. The door to personal achievement never opens kindly. You came to a doorway and sat down. You started asking: What will people think of me? What if I flop? What if results don’t match aspirations? Rule of thumb: The […]. Passion Personal Growth Questions Success Taking others higher fear of failure Growth Leadership Leadership Development leadership journey

Fear of Loss of Group Membership is More Powerful Than Management

Mike Cardus

Resistance to Change and Learning Anxiety. The district managers operated under a control and command system and asking them to switch to coaching & feedback was met with great resistance. Photo Credit.

At Work, "Yes" is Great, but at Times "No" is Even Better

Leading Blog

When teams choose avoidance over candor, we can end up repressing feelings that later arise as simmering frustrations or at times active resistance. This is a guest post by Michael Carroll, author of Fearless at Work.

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How to be Assertive Not Pushy

Leadership Freak

You have pushy-jerk radar that tells you to resist, protect, hold back, or attack. Pushy people want what they want regardless of how you feel. You put up with pushy people because you’re afraid not to. Pushy leaders walk on others to get things done. They won’t take no. On the other hand, leadership demands […]. Courage Influence Leading Listening Mistakes Success Taking others higher Teams assertiveness courageous leaders Leadership Development organizational success Pushy

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Three Simple Steps to Radical Change

Leadership Freak

Everything that successfully resists change dies. * Leaders change things. Leaders who can’t manage change fail. Companies that pursue and embrace change are healthy, growing, and dynamic organizations, while companies that fear change are stagnant entities on their way to a slow and painful death.” Mike Myatt in, Hacking Leadership Three steps in the change life-cycle. […].

Why Automatic Pilot Is A Button A Leader Should Never Push

Terry Starbucker

It’s hard to resist sometimes, I know. You must resist. It’s so tempting…… There are times when it seems so logical, and so right, to just kick it back and push the auto-pilot button. Things are going fine. There are no disturbances in sight. Status Quo?

Create sacred space as a way of honoring yourself and others


Although there might be the fading echoes of holiday joy in the air, there is also tension and a buildup of stress with everything that’s beckoning to be done in 2013. Resist allowing urgent matters to interfere with this sacred time.

Coming To Terms With The Six Most Important Words

Terry Starbucker

But it’s a pull that must be resisted. I’ve written several times about one of my favorite leadership lessons, “A Short Course in Human Relations” (click on image at left for a PDF of the slide).

Shakeup Don’t Blowup

Leadership Freak

Comfort produces resistance. Resistant-comfort rejects the new and unknown because it’s new and unknown. Running from discomfort is normal but deadly. Shakeups – strategic discomfort – create vibrancy. Repetition produces predictability. Predictability produces comfort. Organizational rigor mortis sets in. “We’ve We’ve always done it that way.” Patterns, processes, and systems are necessary for stability, productivity, and […].

Ten Leadership Shifts that Change Everything

Leadership Freak

Frustrations prevail where shifts are resisted. Self-inflicted frustrations when leaders don’t adapt to new circumstances. Leaders want to change circumstances rather than changing themselves. Seizing opportunities requires shifts in thinking, attitude, behavior, and responsibility. The greater the opportunity the greater the necessary shift. Persistent hard work exacerbates frustration until shifts occur. Top ten leadership shifts: [.].

How Leaders Create The Right Environment To Resolve Team Conflicts

Tanveer Naseer

How can we resolve conflicts in the workplace? That was the focus of the interview I did with National Post columnist Steve Cunningham as part of his company’s series of interviews with thought leaders and experts from various industries and disciplines.

The Q-Loop: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Q-Loop: The Art & Science of Lasting Corporate Change Brian Klapper bibliomotion (2013) Here is a queue for achieving and then sustaining organizational excellence In every organization, whatever its size and nature may be, there are people who directly and frequently interact with the given competitive marketplace. How Leaders Must Handle Resistance Why great Ideas Perish The Ignition Process The Q-Loop : The Art & Science of Lasting Corporate Change

15 Leadership Short Cuts (That Are Dead Ends In Disguise)

Terry Starbucker

But as more human leaders, we MUST resist that temptation in many, many circumstances.

Lessons On Effective Leadership From A Nobel Laureate

Tanveer Naseer

Lesson #5 – “Always have someone to save you” Dr. Watson describes how in his pursuit of discovering the DNA structure, he was met with resistance from several people in the scientific community who believed that he didn’t have the right experience or knowledge to unravel this mystery.

What Keeps Leaders Up at Night?

Leading Blog

Why Do People Resist Change? (“We Gaps in what we know can trouble us for a time, but gaps in what we know about ourselves and others can truly keep us up at night. We are unpredictable, messy, complicated, illogical, and fallible. That will never change, “but through a commitment to self-awareness we can all become more highly attuned to the subtle and not-so-subtle red flags that sometimes pull us off course.” What Keeps Leaders Up at Night?