Change . . . Why Bother?
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.
Fallacies About Change
Posted by Frank Sonnenberg on Tuesday, July 31, 2012