It’s probably something you won’t often hear… yet there is such focus in organisations on how to overcome change resistance as though it was indeed some form of evil. That’s the view of those who don’t understand change.
Change resistance is useful. Change resistance is what stops us from supporting actions that we perceive as detrimental to us and those we care about. At its most base level it’s what keeps us safe and alive.
Not convinced? Think change resistance is an illogical, emotional response? Still think it needs to be overcome?
Well imagine a world where change resistance didn’t exist, where actions we perceive as detrimental for us &/or others aren’t resisted? It’s impossible but let’s just imagine…
- Perhaps the CEO suggests that working days are increased to a minimum of 12 hours. Do you acquiesce and work longer?
- Your manager rightly suggests half way through a project that a better methodology would have been better. Do you agree and start over?
- Your kids’ school wants to even out class sizes so proposes to move your child to another class. Do you agree and put your child through the upheaval?
There’s logic behind each of these proposals and each and every one is worthy of good old emotional & logical change resistance. Without such resistance, the flaws in the logic and the consequence of these actions would never come to light until the damage had been done.
Still not convinced?
Good. That’s change resistance at work right there. Doesn’t feel like an evil to be overcome does it?