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September 14, 2018

Managing Resistance to Change

Today, change is the only constant. While change is necessary for growth and profitability, it can be hard to accept, and you may feel fear, anger, or frustration. We like staying in the comfort zone because it’s safe. However, resisting change is counterproductive and a futile exercise since change is inevitable. Here are some tools to help you.

Mindset is a key factor in managing resistance. There are two types of mindset—fixed and growth. Those with a fixed mindset believe that the ability to succeed is based on skills, and skills cannot be improved. When they are faced with change, they resist more than others since they believe they cannot change.

The other mindset is the growth mindset. Those with this mindset believe that improvement is always possible, and when change occurs, they look for opportunities to stretch and grow. Cultivating a growth mindset when faced with change can keep you positively productive, allow you to realize the benefits of the change, and communicate a professional image to management.

Another approach to resisting change has to do with uncertainty. Resistance often comes from fear—you don’t know exactly how the change will affect you or your job. You don’t have enough information to decide whether it will be bad or good. Instead of jumping to a negative conclusion—that the changes will be bad for you—move to a neutral position of wait-and-see. Be open and receptive to information, ask questions, listen carefully to answers, and withhold judgement until you know enough to react logically.

Remember the words of Shakespeare, “Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” If you don’t know the affects and are unable to view the change with a growth mindset, move into curiosity, which is neither good, nor bad.

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