Resistance to change

Wow!  This is a tough one and yet one of the most important leadership skills you need.  Here’s a typical work scenario: In a meeting, your boss announces an upcoming company-wide change. You had little warning about the change and you don’t have a lot of time to implement the change. You might have some reservations and may even be thinking, “Are you kidding me? You want me to do what?” But, no matter how you feel about it, you know you are expected to leave the meeting, announce the change to your team, rally them around the idea, and then get to work on making the change happen.

Effectively dealing with change is learning how to SHED – letting go of the old and embracing the new. Everything in life is built on this one essential process. The challenge is that we’re human and we don’t always agree with the changes put in front of us. If you have ever had a personal conflict over leading a change that you don’t believe in 100%, then you’ve experienced a “SHED Dilemma.” A recent survey indicates that more than 50% of people resist change for one main reason: they don’t agree with the change.

So, what do you do if you face a SHED Dilemma? Download this article and ask yourself the six questions; let the answers guide your next steps.