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Leadership is about change, but what is a leader to do when faced with ubiquitous resistance? Resistance to change manifests itself many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions. The best tool for leaders of change is to understand the predictable, universal sources of resistance in each situation and then strategize around them. Here are the ten I’ve found to be the most common.
It’s not just Windows 7, either. Some people are sticking with Windows 8.1 despite the advantages of windowed modern UI apps and the return of the Start menu. Ironically, Start menu replacements such as Classic Shell and Start8 are often cited by these folks as the reason for passing on the upgrade. Matt James, a Northern California-based retired middle school teacher and self-described hardcore gamer sums up the sentiments of Windows 8.1 holdouts: “I love Windows 8.1 now that I added a program that ret
It’s remarkable that in bitcoin, of all places, some people are hesitant to embrace free market competition (hard forks) in favor of a centrally planned committee. They are the best mechanism we have to ensure that bitcoin continues to evolve, and can’t controlled or encumbered by any one group.This is also why the IETF (the standards body that works on internet protocols like TCP/IP) has a motto of “rough consensus, working code”.
By definition, change is a departure from the past. Those people associated with the last version — the one that didn’t work, or the one that’s being superseded — are likely to be defensive about it. When change involves a big shift of strategic direction, the people responsible for the previous direction dread the perception that they must have been wrong. Leaders can help people maintain dignity by celebrating those elements of the past that are worth honoring, and making it clear that the world h