Change . . . Why Bother?

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The major reasons, in addition to inertia, for resisting change are:

Procrastination: We all have a tendency to postpone the difficult or uncomfortable. Unless you create a sense of urgency, there’s always time to think about change tomorrow.

Lack of motivation: Unless the personal benefits are clear, most people will decide that change isn’t worth the effort.

Fear of failure: If change requires learning a new skill, change may be avoided simply because we are not emotionally ready to deal with a potential setback.

Fear of the unknown: What we don’t know frightens us. The very thought of leaving our comfort zone and facing uncertainty creates enough anxiety and paralysis to avoid change. People are more comfortable with the known — even if it is not functioning well.

Fear of loss: We all worry that a new way of doing things may reduce our job security, power, or status.

Dislike of the initiators of change: It is much more difficult to accept change when we lack confidence in or distrust the people initiating the effort.

Lack of communication: If we do not understand why change is required, misunderstand the initiator’s intent, or receive our information in bits and pieces, we are more likely to resist it.

Additional Reading:
Fallacies About Change

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Comments

  1. Lacee Thomas says

    This is such a true list of reasons. All too often you see fear of failure hold people back from making a change that could very well be beneficial to them. I thought the other great point was the “dislike of the initiators of change”, it happens so often that instead of ensuring buy in from the people change affects the change takes place and then the initiators wonder why it didn’t work…if you don’t have that buy in and acceptance from the stakeholders that dislike towards the initiators will ultimately lead the change to failure.

  2. Frank Sonnenberg says

    You’re so right Lacee. Leaders don’t take the time to get buy-in from people because “it takes too long.” They don’t have the time to do it right, but manage to find the time to fix it when it goes awry :-)

    Have a great day!

    Frank

  3. Kent Julian says

    Fear of failure is the biggest resistance to change. But bottom line, fear of failure masks the way change should be viewed…as an opportunity for improvement. Great list, Frank.

  4. Frank Sonnenberg says

    I agree 100% Kent. Change SHOULD be viewed as an opportunity for improvement –– It’s all a matter of perspective.

    In the same light, some people welcome feedback as constructive –– an opportunity to raise their game. Others view it as criticism.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Best,

    Frank

  5. alleb1234 says

    GOOD LIST-IMO “NOT INVENTED HERE” IS BIGGEST UNSTATED
    INTERNAL SELF DENIAL TO CHANGE OR GIVING CREDIT TO PROPOSAL
    OF NOVEL IDEA. SEEN MANY TIMES !

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