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How to Break the Chain of Internal Resistance


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Change is the only thing that is constant in life. Even though most individuals would prefer their comfortable circumstances to remain unchanged, they can rarely stop the flow of events that upend the status quo. This is particularly true in today’s quickly changing corporate environment. New trends and technology emerge daily, creating chances for success or failure. Although the unknown possibilities that come with change might be terrifying, adapting swiftly to it rather than meeting it with resistance is the key to thriving in this environment. This article at Digital Tonto by Greg Satell shares three strategies to overcome internal resistance.

Changing the Status Quo

The historical emphasis on procedures, checks, and balances to assure industrial standardization resulted in workers trained to follow guidelines rather than challenge the status quo. Rarely are workers urged to review their work and seek fresh approaches to improve those procedures. Instead, they are instructed to adhere to the rules or submit to rigorous performance reviews to receive smaller bonuses and lower designations among colleagues. On the contrary, you must overcome staunch internal resistance to drive significant change. Unfortunately, most change management strategies assume they can overcome internal resistance through persuasion.

Three Exercises to Overcome Internal Resistance

Formulate an Internal Team

The active, illogical opposition is frequently the source of the skeptics’ misgivings. Co-opting the opposition by creating an internal red team to utilize skepticism constructively is one effective tactic for handling this dynamic. An opposing team is assembled as part of the red-teaming process to find flaws in a tactical or strategic solution. There are two advantages to enlisting skeptics as members of an internal red team. First, they can let you know whether there are any genuine issues with your concepts. Second, they expose the unreasonable opposition’s arguments.

Engage Wisely

Saboteurs do not make logical decisions. They typically struggle to express their emotional bonds, which is why they rarely speak their concerns out loud and instead look for covert ways to obstruct the process. They freak out when they see things moving forward. It is critical to fight the temptation to defend yourself against every assault. Focusing on empowering those who favor change is a far preferable approach. You can deal with opposition by just addressing pertinent and rational comments.

Create Dilemma Actions

Dilemma actions must be seen as constructive acts based on shared values to be successful. These actions force employees to either give up their internal resistance to the project. This will eventually forge a flexible mindset to embrace change naturally.

To read the original article, click on https://digitaltonto.com/2022/3-strategies-to-overcome-resistance-to-change/

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