Lead Change Blog

Change is a permanent feature of organizations; resistance is an expected part of the journey. Reasons for resistance vary, and may include: Loss of status from the change. Change resistance should be welcomed as an important source of data about how the plan is progressing. In addition, resistance can be a rational response. The best way to reduce resistance is to plan for it, monitor it, and take appropriate steps to address it throughout the change process.

Leaders Need To Face Resistance

Joseph Lalonde

Leading can be a struggle when someone is openly resisting you. Be it a team member, friend, or loved one, resistance feels like it is hurting us. Or maybe you entered into […] The post Leaders Need To Face Resistance appeared first on Joseph Lalonde. Leadership challenge flight resistanceYou may feel challenged or not believed. Or it might be the vision you presented to your organization is put to the test.


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Overcoming Your Resistance To Change

Joseph Lalonde

The mere mention of the word change sends shivers up the spines of those who are resistant to change. It […] The post Overcoming Your Resistance To Change appeared first on Joseph Lalonde. Personal Development Self-Improvement change overcoming resistanceDo you know who those people are? They’re everyday, normal people like you or me. Change is a scary word. I hated it for a long time. Change meant things weren’t going to be the same anymore.

Leadership and Resistance

Lead Change Blog

Using resistance to lead effectively. If you truly understand resistance, you seldom need to deal with it: You manage its cause before it even manifests itself! Understanding resistance. The leader understands the source of resistance and deals with it adequately. In such a case their resistance is a way to maintain their self-esteem. There is a tendency in all nature to resist change. Dealing with resistance. You should rather expect resistance.

Understanding resistance to change

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Change Management Is resistance to change truly irrational? Change Management Change lead change Management resistance worldview Many times, people being impacted by an organizational change initiative are called “irrational” or even worse by those leading the effort. However, even someone who is clinically insane is behaving rationally within their worldview. To themselves, people do not behave irrationally though they may be viewed that way by [.]

Resisting Micromanagement

Kevin Eikenberry

The post Resisting Micromanagement appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Ask any group about the skills of the best managers and leaders, and they will never include micromanagement on the list. I know, because I’ve asked hundreds of people that question. And yet, everyone knows what micromanagement is and has experienced it and its negative consequences. Given that, if we want to be a more […].

Consultants: Resistance Is Futile

N2Growth Blog

Resistance is Futile”, pretty much sums it up. At this point she stopped listening to Scott and those familiar words popped into her head, Resistance is Futile. In her head she hears, “Resistance is Futile.” This time the thought, “Give in to the Dark Side,” does not fade away. The post Consultants: Resistance Is Futile appeared first on The Executive Hub | N2Growth.

Transforming Resistance Into Acceptance

Kevin Eikenberry

And whenever someone introduces change, as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, resistance will surface. Yet leaders are often surprised by this resistance. The post Transforming Resistance Into Acceptance appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.

Resistance to Change is Cooperation for Improvement

Mike Cardus

While working, you perceive change on a continuum from cooperation and learning — to resistance and a pain in the ass. . How do I work with resistance to change? Psychological Basis of Learning Anxiety / Resistance to Change.

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4 Ways to Stop Resisting Breakthrough

Leadership Freak

You might be working so hard for a breakthrough that you push it away. I’m convinced that some breakthroughs are missed because we have the wrong expectations. A breakthrough doesn’t arrive on schedule.… … Continue reading → Innovation Leading Marks of leaders business breakthroughs creativity fear

4 Steps to Influence Change Through Resistance

Lead Change Blog

Change Management Change influence lead change persist resistance Great opportunities lie on the other side of the status quo. We’ve all heard lines like, “We’ve never done it that way;” or “We tried that back in 1975…” or “That won’t work.” ” Something inside you knows a process, product, or result can be improved. You’re sure if they’d only listen, commit to a new [.]

How to Lead When Your Team Resists Change

Let's Grow Leaders

When Your Team Resists Change, It’s an Opportunity for Ownership You’ve noticed a problem, spent the last four days meeting with finance, strategizing, and building an action plan. The post How to Lead When Your Team Resists Change appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. You’re energized about what your team will achieve, your boss and peers are on […]. courageous cultures Winning Well Change communication leadership management what to why

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. I hope to connect with a movement of leaders who are driven to make a positive difference. Many [.]. Leadership Development Self Leadership Apathy Commitment elevate failure fear impact lead change Passion Purpose status quo

Feel the Resistance to Delegate – and Do It Anyway

Kevin Eikenberry

There are forces that lead us to delegate – but many things that keep leaders resisting delegation, too. The post Feel the Resistance to Delegate – and Do It Anyway appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.

Understanding the Faces of Resistance

Lead Change Blog

Best of Blogs Series Change Management Change lead change leader resistanceRecently I gave a presentation titled, “5 Simple Steps to Engage Even Your Most Skeptical Employees In Change, So You Can Create a Strong Foundation for a Positive and Developmental Work Culture&# As I went through it, I myself was struck again by the necessity to understand and consider human nature when we are trying [.].

Interview: Resistance, Leadership, and Change

Change Starts Here

We covered a lot of ground about influencing change, including what to do about resistance, and how to get leaders to actually lead. Normally, I’m the one interviewing guests for the Enclaria podcast.

Three Signs of Resistance That Are Really Engagement

Change Starts Here

When that happens, we usually call it resistance. You can lump resistant responses to change into three categories: active … Change ManagementPeople respond in a lot of different ways when they encounter change.

Are They Resisting Change or Being Changed?

The Practical Leader

Resistance to change” frustrates many managers. Change management programs aim to overcome that resistance. Like the Rottweiler, embracing or resisting change has a lot to do with how much control we have. The post Are They Resisting Change or Being Changed?

How to Approach Change-Resistant Groups

Change Starts Here

In my classes, I am occasionally asked what to do about change-resistant groups or organizations. The question usually seems defeatist, even though they are asking me for the secret sauce that will fix the situation.

When Good Leadership Masks Resistance

Change Starts Here

I recently heard a story about a new process and system implementation. By all measures, the implementation went well at first. Then, there was a change in leadership, and everything started falling apart.

Convincing the Resistant

Lead Change Blog

People HATE change. They loathe and despise it. They see it, abhor it and team up to fight it. Mind you, not all people, all the time. But certainly most people, much of the time. People rebuke change. People will mock change. … Continue reading → Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders. Leadership Development Change courage engagement vision

12 Ways to Reduce Resistance to Change – Part 1

Lead Change Blog

No matter how brilliantly researched, planned, and executed, you will meet resistance to change. It might seem somewhat off-putting, that around 75% of your workforce might resist change in some shape or form. However, help is at hand, as I’ll set out in two posts over May and June twelve ways to reduce resistance to change, all tried and tested personally. The post 12 Ways to Reduce Resistance to Change – Part 1 appeared first on Lead Change.

3 Guidelines that Help Avoid Resistance to Change

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

People don’t resist change. What people resist is having change imposed on them. Here are three guidelines that invite people to participate in the change process and minimize resistance to change. The best way to avoid resistance to change is to involve people in planning and implementing the change. → Read More: 3 Guidelines that Help Avoid Resistance to Change. Leading Change Involvement Resistance to Change

Why We Really Resist Change

Joseph Lalonde

The Real Reasons We Resist Change. How To Become Less Resistant To Change. So, how can we overcome our resistance to change? Overcoming our resistance to change only comes when we’re willing to take charge of our thoughts. Question: How have you become less resistance to change? The post Why We Really Resist Change appeared first on Joseph Lalonde. C hange is an ever-constant truth in our lives. Nothing stays the same (Well, except ONE thing).

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). Observe, and you’ll see that resistance manifests itself in group conversations and in one-on-ones, zapping energy and preventing progress. If you look hard enough, you’ll find resistance also expressed in silence – and ultimately inaction (this is the passive-aggressive way of resisting).

The Primary Reason People Resist Change

Ron Edmondson

After years of leading change, I’ve discovered every change will face resistance. And there is a primary reason people resist change. There is something in all of us, which initially resists change we didn’t initiate. People resist change because of a sense of loss.

Coaching People Who Resist Change

Leadership Freak

Resistance is the point… Continue reading → CoachingThere are a million reasons to stay the same, when you feel pressure to change. In my opinion change is great as long as someone else is doing it.

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. Distractions are dangerous. Distractions are costly. Leaders are faced with multiple distractions everyday. Distracted from [.].

12 Ways to Reduce Resistance to Change ? Part 2

Lead Change Blog

No matter how brilliantly researched, planned, and executed, you will meet resistance to change. In May’s post , I set out the first six of my suggested twelve ways to reduce or reframe resistance to change. Always take a positive view on resistance and seek to reduce it rather than eliminate it. I believe that change and resistance to change inevitably go hand-in-glove. The post 12 Ways to Reduce Resistance to Change – Part 2 appeared first on Lead Change.

Engagement Is Not Enough to Eliminate Resistance

Change Starts Here

If people help identify the issues with the current state and develop solutions, then resistance will be eliminated. After all, it’s hard to resist something you create, right? A common theme of change management is to involve people in the process of change as early as possible. Do change with people, not to them. … Influence

This Common Mistake Dramatically Increases Resistance to Change

The Practical Leader

What we resist is being changed — especially focused on our mistakes and weaknesses. And it’s a major cause of resistance to change. Resistance to change that she encountered was much lower. Is your change leadership raising or lowering resistance? The post This Common Mistake Dramatically Increases Resistance to Change appeared first on The Clemmer Group.

Your Resistance to Change

Coaching Tip

Resisting change is normal. Once you discover how significant change is in our lives is every day (and how an understanding of change can make you happier), we still resist change to some degree. Perhaps up to 90% of the American people do not have a clue about change. Whether the change is positive or negative, we know some pain is coming, and it is only natural that we try to avoid it. What we can do is influence our reactions to the emotions that all change will cause.

Overcome Resistance to Change: Magnets or Bowling Balls

Leadership Freak

If everyone likes it, why bother? Change is never enjoyed by everyone. Leaders think too much about ‘what’ and not enough about ‘how’ when making change. Failure: John Kotter suggests 8 reasons transformation… Continue reading → Change change agents culture change

The Most Important Reason Not to Fear Resistance

Kevin Eikenberry

Resistance. When I ask groups to tell me what first comes to their minds when they think about change, resistance is always on that list. Resistance is typically seen as a negative occurrence and as something […]. The post The Most Important Reason Not to Fear Resistance appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. And their thoughts about it aren’t positive – in fact, I used the word “fear” in the title purposefully.

Why Executives Resist Their Own Development

Kevin Eikenberry

The post Why Executives Resist Their Own Development appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Most organizations are in one of two categories when it comes to executive leadership development. Either executives are the only group to receive training and development, or they are the last group to get any. While neither of these is the best answer, the largest percentage of organizations fall into the second group. Even in […].

Resistance vs. Readiness: Equal, Opposite, or Integral?

Change Starts Here

Resistance is becoming a bad word in change management circles lately. Some thought leaders are recommending that we stop focusing on reducing resistance, and focus on developing Readiness instead. To focus on resistance is to focus on the negative. I get it. On its surface, it seems to place blame on the people who are […]. Change Management

Remarkable TV: 3 Steps to Overcoming Resistance to Change

Kevin Eikenberry

Resistance is naturally occurring and not necessarily all bad. Watch the short video below for 3 steps to overcoming resistance to change. Think about it – wouldn’t you rather have someone be resistant to your change idea than to be apathetic? Change Leadership Leadership Video change leadership change management change resistance KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Remarkable Leadership workshop here. You […].

Six Underlying Reasons for Resistance

Change Starts Here

When we try to influence people to change, we’re likely to encounter someone exhibiting behaviors that make it seem as though they are resisting change, whether it’s outright refusal to participate or something more subtle like procrastination or avoidance. If we address these resistant behaviors directly, it usually serves to make the resistance stronger, because the resistant behavior is not the real problem. Resistance acts the same way.

Avoiding Resistance

Strategy Driven

It all operates effortlessly until we attempt to drive a behavior that runs counter to our beliefs – and then we get resistance as our system attempts to maintain balance. [I’ve This is why people and teams won’t execute good decisions, users don’t use new software, and why implementations fail: we are ignoring our accepted practice and pushing unapproved behaviors into a system that must resist to maintain it’s status quo and balance.

50 Reasons Why People Resist Change

Change Starts Here

When someone seems to be resisting change, consider the following 50 reasons that might […]. Despite our best efforts to influence change, people often don’t transition as easily as we expect them to. Instead of becoming frustrated, try to understand the reason for their response. There’s probably something you can do to help them through it. Influence

How Energy Increases, Strength Grows, and the Seduction of Doing Easy Things is Resisted

Leadership Freak

You don’t find strength while snoozing in a hammock or snacking at the movies. Expand potential by doing things that require energy and strength. Strength rises when you do hard things.

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Eight Telltale Signs of Resistance

Change Starts Here

The dictionary definition of resistance is: Any force that slows down or prevents motion. So, naturally we define resistance to change as any force that slows down or prevents change. The funny thing is that we don’t really detect resistance unless people aren’t changing as quickly or as enthusiastically or as smoothly as we expect. Because people are creative about pushing back without being obvious, resistant behaviors take many forms.

10 Powerful Practices That Lower Resistance to Change

Leadership Freak

Resistance to change is futile in growing organizations. 10 sources of resistance to change:… Continue reading → LeadingChange will happen eventually. If change doesn’t happen, organizations die. Change indicates life. Death is the absence of change.