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Us versus Them: Reframing Resistance to Change

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Anyone attempting to lead change in an organization knows to expect some resistance. Change is not a rational process; no matter how positive the future you are creating, it’s natural for humans to struggle with it.

Such resistance is no less frustrating for being predictable. At times, it can seem that all that stands between you and your goals are a few naysayers and whiners. And to those on a mission, such reactions can seem like putting one’s head in the sand. “The old business is not coming back,” one CEO told me. “We have to innovate or we will die.” Faced with negative remarks, critical questions, or stony silence, change champions naturally begin to interact more with those already on board, consciously or unconsciously distancing themselves from those who “don’t get it.

Gradually, a wall begins to form between “us” and “them” — champions who support the change, and resisters who openly or quietly oppose it. Unfortunately, approaching change with an “us versus them” mind-set actually increases pushback. When we think of people as resisters, we don’t truly engage with them. We tend to discount their perspective, assuming that if we are right, they must be wrong.


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People who resist change initiatives may be Luddites - or they may be Guardians, hold continue to see value in the way things are done. How you regard them will likely determine your approach, and your success rate!

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Us versus Them: Reframing Resistance to Change
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12 Excellent Professional Learning Podcasts for Teachers and Educators

12 Excellent Professional Learning Podcasts for Teachers and Educators | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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3 Ways to Navigate the Politics of Change

3 Ways to Navigate the Politics of Change | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
We create implementation strategies and learning plans to help people develop the necessary job-based skills needed to execute the changes. Then we watch the best strategies and plans get derailed by emotions, politics and burnout — all of which seem out of our control.

Enter change management skills, like the ability to sense and shift strategies, inspire and engage, and navigate politics. Change management skills are valuable, sustainable and often overlooked, but they can be learned. They greatly increase the chance that change efforts will succeed, and they offer competitive advantage as organizations grow and adapt to a relentlessly shifting external environment.

Navigating the politics of change is arguably the most difficult change management skill. But CLOs who excel at building change management capabilities offer value that every organization needs. We can help teams use political dynamics to increase engagement, passion and change effort success.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 16, 2016 7:58 AM

Change is always a political act. Treat it as such!

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Why are we afraid of change? The science of uncertainty - Unstuck

Why are we afraid of change? The science of uncertainty - Unstuck | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
So many of us struggle to change careers, to leave a bad relationship, to go back to school. In my social circle, I can think of just two friends who are notably good at change; the rest (myself included) tend to freeze up when we consider breaking with the past in a significant way. Neuroscientist Dean Burnett’s new book, “Idiot Brain,” addresses the ways our brains trip us up. I asked him why humans might be wired to resist making changes even when we say we want them.

“In an evolutionary sense, the brain doesn’t like uncertainty. Anything uncertain is potentially a threat,” Burnett says.

In talking to experts in areas including psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, I found four distinct categories that tend to hold us back from making changes. I’ll cover each in a separate post, starting with the prospect of uncertainty: why we appear wired to pay a lot of attention to it — and sometimes to dread it.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 13, 2016 5:34 AM

Science offers some solutions to the uncertainty of change to help overcome our hard-wired brains!

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A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies | EDUCAUSE.edu

A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies | EDUCAUSE.edu | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it

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This article presents the outcomes of a typological analysis of Web 2.0 learning technologies. A comprehensive review incorporating over two thousand links led to identification of 212 Web 2.0 technologies that were suitable for learning and teaching purposes. The typological analysis then resulted in 37 types of Web 2.0 technologies that were arranged into 14 clusters. The types of Web 2.0 learning technologies, their descriptions, pedagogical uses and example tools for each category are described, arranged according to the clusters. Results of this study imply that educators typically have a narrow conception of Web 2.0 technologies, and that there is a wide array of Web 2.0 tools as yet to be fully harnessed by learning designers and educational researchers.


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Change in Education! A list of existing and new tools.

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A really cool collection with over 2000 links to identification of 212 Web 2.0 technologies.

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How to Prepare For Successful Organizational Culture Change

How to Prepare For Successful Organizational Culture Change | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
What type of culture must exist in order to drive the behaviors you need to succeed? 5 things to consider when navigating organizational culture change.
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Barriers to organizational change

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Why do business initiatives fail? Barriers to organizational change? Organizational culture is the most common barriers
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How to Avoid Pitfalls in Change Management Projects

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In today’s business environment there is an ever-increasing need for experts who can help an organization successfully navigate change. The focus of this movement to date has been on how these team…
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How to Be an Effective Change Leader

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Leadership is directly correlated to and is synonymous with change. Leadership in the 21st century requires the ability to continuously manage crisis and change. Change is often a complex and arduous process.
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How To Create A Culture Of Change

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Culture is how an enterprise values its mission, not its practices. Culture without purpose, on the other hand, is just a bunch of stuff that people have gotten used to.

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Randy Pausch Lecture: Time Management

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch gave a lecture on Time Management at the University of Virginia in November 2007. Randy Pausch -- http://www.randypaus...
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42 Pricing Tricks Based on Psychology & Neuroscience

42 Pricing Tricks Based on Psychology & Neuroscience | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
Welcome to a huge resource on pricing. You'll learn 42 psychological tricks to make your price more effective - without actually lowering it.
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Why storytelling is critical to change management

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The age of disruption is forcing leaders to communicate change in a different way, argues Gabrielle Dolan.

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Change needs a narrative, but a batch of powerful stories is even better...!

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Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
John P. Kotter is renowned for his work on leading organizational change. In 1995, when this article was first published, he had just completed a ten-year study of more than 100 companies that attempted such a transformation. Here he shares the results of his observations, outlining the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts and explaining the general lessons that encourage success.

Unsuccessful transitions almost always founder during at least one of the following phases: generating a sense of urgency, establishing a powerful guiding coalition, developing a vision, communicating the vision clearly and often, removing obstacles, planning for and creating short-term wins, avoiding premature declarations of victory, and embedding changes in the corporate culture.

Realizing that change usually takes a long time, says Kotter, can improve the chances of success.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 18, 2016 2:48 AM

Resisting the classic Kotter change model - not perfect, or as simple as it looks, but as relevant as any since 1995!

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How to get your organization to recognize the need for change

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Act as if Then is Now: Strategic Change Management

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Transition is always stressful, even good transitions. All transitions are stressful. Taking your kid to first grade for the first day, it's a necessary tr
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The Real Reason Why Change Rarely Works

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I’ll admit, as a leader it’s quite easy to get caught up with a vision. It’s natural because as leader’s we’re encouraged to look out for opportunities and then take the lead in making things happe...
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Organizational Transformation: If You Want A Different Dance, Change The Music

Organizational Transformation: If You Want A Different Dance, Change The Music | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
Organizational Transformation has become a buzzword of our time. But not everything that is labeled transformation, results in transformation. Can we change change by changing what we want to change?
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The three-group theory of change management

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The success of a new tool almost always hinges on people. The bad news? Plenty of people simply hate change.
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4 Steps to Effective Change Management

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Discover 4 essential steps to handling change effectively. These are provided by Una McGarvie, contributing author to the Effective Change Manager's Handbook.
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How Many of Us Actually Stick to Our New Year's Resolutions? (Infographic)

How Many of Us Actually Stick to Our New Year's Resolutions? (Infographic) | The psychology of Change | Scoop.it
Most people make promises as the ball drops only to drop the ball on them months -- or days -- later.

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The psychology behind New Year’s resolutions that actually stick

What brain science teaches us about goals.
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