There was some research done by Mount Eliza Business School who found that over 70% of change initiatives failed due to people resistance. Not because they were not good ideas. Not because they were not backed by sound analysis, but because they didn’t bring the people along with them.
As a leader it is critically important that when we are implementing change we think about how we can change the minds of our people.
There is a quote by George Bernard Shaw which says, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.”
Understanding why people don’t like change is incredibly important. It allows you to deploy empathy when dealing with objections and challenges that arise during change.
In my leading change workshop I have asked over 500 people why they don’t like change and here is there response:
- They think it means more work.
- They have a sense of loss of control.
- Uncertainty – better the devil you know.
- Fear of failure.
- Doubts that it will work, perhaps due to past failures.
- They don’t see a problem with the current process.
- Low trust in the company or team to manage change effectively.
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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” – Socrates.
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