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Are your people resisting your changes? That’s normal!

Hearing a lot of grumbling when you try to implement changes? Disappointed by the lack of recognition for your efforts? Don’t lose hope.Use these tips to better take stock of the situation and ease the transition.

You know that a lobster’s shell is hard. When it has finally outgrown it, it has to hide from predators while growing a new one. And at what point does a lobster decide to go through all this trouble? Only when its shell is so uncomfortable it can’t stand it anymore!

With people, it’s the same thing, only more complicated. Even when we know a change will be good for us, when the time comes, it’s hard to accept. We tend to get stuck in our old ways.

If you’re leading a change, remember the following:

  • Any change, whether positive or negative, is viewed negatively by those having to change.

  • People always feel a certain amount of discouragement and lack of motivation when accepting change.

  • Once people move through this, they’ll start to feel the benefits of the change.

  • When the change takes hold, it becomes the new normal… Until the next change!

When leading change, you need to believe in your solution and stick to your guns. The storm will eventually pass and the sun will come out again!

What about you ? Do you have similar or different experiences? Let me know, I'll be happy to discuss it with you!

Artwork : Mélanie Bénard Tremblay, 2019, © Marakoudja.

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