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The Number One Reason People Resist Change

Ron Edmondson

One of those discoveries is change will face resistance. There is something in all of us, which initially resists change we didn’t initiate. And, in addition to this, I’ve discovered the most common reason change is resisted.

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 […].

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. → Read More: 3 Guidelines that Help Avoid Resistance to Change.

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.”

Why Do We Resist Change?

Marshall Goldsmith

Because we’re deluded! We all delude ourselves about our achievements, our status, and our contributions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The Absolute Most Common Reason Change is Resisted

Ron Edmondson

One of those discoveries is that change will face resistance. There is something in all of us that initially resists change we didn’t initiate. And, I’ve discovered the absolute most common reason change is resisted.

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

Are you rowing, riding, or resisting?

Tony Mayo

For Executives Quotes and Aphorisms ResistanceIf you’ve done any white water rafting, you know how exciting it can be. On the first rapid of my first trip I remember the guide yelling, “Row. Row fast!!!&# I didn’t want to go fast. I wanted to slow down, to take the rapid nice and easy. I’ve since learned that if you [.].

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 [.].

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. Resistance acts the same way.

Overcoming Change Resistance

Business Learning Coach

The previous two articles in this series suggest that the most effective way to deal with change resistance is to avoid it in the first place. The underlying argument is that effective planning a priori is the key to mitigating resistance. By Jim Grinnell, Ph.D.

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?

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. We most associate resistance with the person who pushes back and refuses to change.

16 Expressions of Underhanded Resistance Pt. 2

Leadership Freak

The danger of underhanded resistance is you don’t see it coming. Skillful leaders know polite foot dragging, agreement without follow through, and recurring “confusion” are underhanded resistance. Malicious or innocent: Underhanded resistance is always malicious, even when it smiles. It may be motivated by insecurities or disagreement, but it has one objective. Keep things the … … Continue reading → Power Leadership Development organizational success

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.

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

The top 10 things you’re resisting that will make you a better leader


There are certain patterns of resistance I’ve noticed in the leaders I’ve worked with that are really good at their craft – but have the potential to be great. These behaviors that leaders resist can increase their potential to lead at the top of their game. Perhaps as you read through the list, you’ll notice some of your own resistance poking through as you tell yourself: “I don’t have time.”

How to Ignite Development in the Arrogant and Resistant

Leadership Freak

Arrogance can’t see a need for development. Ask egotistical managers if they run great meetings. Insert any management skill.) Of course they do! There’s no point in telling them they don’t. Pride invites… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth Taking others higher arrogance Growth Leadership Development

Classic–and Comic–Resistance to Change

Tony Mayo

The nature of organizations, however, is to resist change. That’s why we call them organize-ations, not random-izations or adapt-ations, One common way for organizations to resist innovation and change is for people to collect evidence that any novel tool or procedure is causing problems–even if the [.]. Making change in organizations is central to my work.

Why You Should Embrace Resistance as a Challenge

Joseph Lalonde

But when you look deeper, it shows an incredibly creative God who turns resistance into an opportunity. But God had a creative solution to what seemed like an impossible amount of resistance. Gideon took this resistance and turned it into an opportunity.

Remarkable TV: Overcoming “We Don’t Have Time” Resistance

Kevin Eikenberry

The post Remarkable TV: Overcoming “We Don’t Have Time” Resistance appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. This week I’m blowing the “We Don’t Have Time” excuse out of the water. Join me in the video below? There is always time; it is choices we must manage, not time.Click To Tweet Listen to the audio-only version of this episode. Learn more about the Remarkable Leadership Workshop.

Resistance and Inward Spiraling Doom Loops

Create Learning

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.

Overcoming the Reason People Resist Change

Leadership Freak

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” Warren Buffett Talking about change is easy, acceptable, even exciting. Talking and executing are two different things. Change becomes real when we have to change our own attitudes and behaviors, not until. The wrong picture: Change movements [.].

How to Create Transformative Growth Points for Reluctant or Resistant Employees

Leadership Freak

They keep falling short. But you want them to reach the next level. Establish an affirming context for growth. A transformative growth point: Years ago I was asked to work with a manager… Continue reading → Accountability Change Personal Growth Success Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development

The Top Reason People Resist Change, and How to Best Address It


A colleague of mine, Les Landes, shared the following wisdom with me recently. Communicating Change

So, Why Do People Actually Resist All Attempts at Change? – John Kotter Provides a Clue

First Friday Book Synopsis

People resist change. They really resist change. So – they need to change; they know that they need to change; they want to want to change… but they resist change, and are almost always led “kicking and screaming” into […]. This is what we know. And yet, they need to change. They really need to change.

Make Failure and Learning an Objective :: Resistance to Change

Create Learning

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

The Conditions for Resistance-Free Change

Change Starts Here

Rather than ponder the nature of aerodynamics while flying, instead I wondered – could there be change with no resistance? As a fun exercise, I tried to envision what the conditions would be for a resistance-free change.

What to Do When Leaders Resist the Change They Hired You to Implement

Change Starts Here

These are all signs that they have some resistance to their own change initiative. Be open to redesigning the solution to reduce their resistance, but don’t back down from what you need to be effective.

Resistance to Change. Fear of Punishment for Incompetence

Create Learning

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.

Resistance and Criticism: 8 Facts and 8 Lessons


You will face a lot of resistance in your initiatives. If you are a leader, you will invariably face situations where: People will criticize you for doing something. People will criticize you even for not doing something. Your decisions will go against you. Roadblocks will be encountered People will closely analyze your decisions. You may be accused of doing (or not doing)

Resistance to Change. Fear of Temporary Incompetence

Create Learning

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.

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

Create Learning

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.