5 triggers of resistance to change

    Posted by Anne-Lise MacKenzie on Aug 9, 2010
    We know that psychologically this is all to do with people feeling loss of
    control and disruption. But what triggers these feelings? Over the years, we
    have identified five main triggers for resistance.
    1. People feel their future security could be threatened
    2. They will be negatively impacted financially
    3. People’s work relationships change
    4. Changes are made to their levels of responsibility
    5. The learning curve for the new role is too steep

    We know that, psychologically, resistance to change is to do with people feeling a loss of control and disruption. But what triggers these feelings? Over the years, we have identified five main triggers of change resistance.

    1. People feel their future security could be threatened
    2. They will be negatively impacted financially
    3. People’s work relationships change
    4. Changes are made to their levels of responsibility
    5. The learning curve for the new role is too steep

    Resistance is an inevitable companion of major change, and of managing change, so we have to learn to mitigate its causes and then help people adapt.

    This is an excerpt from an article entitled 'Reducing resistance to change' which appeared in our May 2009 Newsletter.

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    Tags: change resistance, managing resistance, Resistance, resistance to change, resistance to major change, triggers of resistance

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