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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“I’ve Got This” How to Help Resistant Leaders Embrace New Learning

Let's Grow Leaders

The managers on my team who need leadership training the most, are often the ones who are most resistant to learning. How to Help Leaders Get Past Their Resistance to Learning. In this case, you might not be actually resistant to learning, BUT, you could miss it.

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 [.]

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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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 […].

Overcoming resistance


. Dictionaries provide strong synonyms for the word “resistance”: defiance, opposition, fight and conflict to name a few. It’s important for you to notice subtle resistance and become aware of passive behaviors in those you lead that signal that they aren’t on board. Resistance might be the product of fear of change, or anger from someone who was not brought into the loop early enough. you feel like they are resisting you ).

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.

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 [.]

Resisting the Pressure to Overwork

Harvard Business Review

Five strategies to help you cut back. Personal productivity Time management Personal purpose and values Work-life balance Digital Article

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

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

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 [.].

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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.

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).

7 Responses to Reasoned Resistance

Leadership Freak

The line between bold and foolish is often determined by success or failure. Fearful organizations are full of people who know why it’s better to stay the same. Remarkable success requires boldness, but bold leaders… Continue reading → Conflict resolution Courage Criticism Failure Fear Insecurity Passion Conflict Resolution courageous leaders Decisions Leadership Development organizational success

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.

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).

4 Powerful Responses to Resistance

Leadership Freak

One of my embarrassing leadership blunders was allowing passion and vision to blind me to the interests of others. You either agreed with me or you were a roadblock. My strategy was to… Continue reading → Humility Influence Motivation Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development

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 [.].

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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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.

16 Expressions of Underhanded Resistance Pt. 1

Leadership Freak

Underhanded resistance happens when people say yes, but really mean no. Resistance is expected, normal, even healthy. Underhanded resistance distracts and destroys. Leaders chase ghosts, when they don’t see underhanded resistance. Most people say they want… Continue reading → Change Leadership Development organizational success

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.

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.

Interview: Resistance, Leadership, and Change

Heather Stagl

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

Heather Stagl

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.

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.

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

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.

Executive Leadership: One Temptation Most Successful Executives Resist

Let's Grow Leaders

If you’re an executive (or aspiring to be one) this time I’m writing for you. Not my usual M.O., I usually write for your teams (and how to help them deal with you ;-) But today, I write to you. Because when senior leaders practice winning well behaviors, the culture shifts that much faster– and results not only go up, they stay up– and teams feel excited about what they’re up to. The Temptation.

How to Resist Being Helpful

Leadership Freak

Resist the [.]. Peter Jenson, Ph.D., author, coach, and Olympic sports psychology consultant, said many things during our conversation but one most gripped me. “I I let them stew in their failure for a while.” Peter Jenson Ph.D. A team Jenson worked with suffered a disappointing loss. He let them sleep on it. I’ve been mulling over Jenson’s strategy.