How Resistance Is KillingYour Bottom Line, Culture & Relationships

Group of people pulling a rope (tug of war)
Group of people pulling a rope (tug of war)

Does this sound familiar?

You have a great team, but they don’t do what you tell them to do…

There’s always one or two people that push your buttons, and it’s a bit hard to deal with them…

You have a worker who has excellent skills, but he/she stirs the pot and is influential in the wrong way…

Well, you aren’t alone.

What you are feeling is resistance. But why is it showing up at work — isn’t that the stuff that just happens in people’s personal lives? Simply put: no; work impacts our life and life affects our work. More resistance shows up when we ignore what’s going on, and when we don’t acknowledge that there’s stuff going on. It all gets a bit hard, and we put off dealing with it. Instead, we put things in boxes, and the ‘stuff’ in life and at work tend to burst of those boxes at some point which creates a perfect storm.

A study by Accenture found that the most commonly cited reasons people leave a job, are: Don’t like my boss (31%), Lack of empowerment (31%), Internal politics (35%) and Lack of recognition (43%).

‘Resistance is futile’. It’s not about getting a stick out to ‘make’ them to do what you want; that’s never going to work. Resistance is ineffective and unproductive. For those who are resisting, life is more challenging than it needs to be.

What is resistance and why you need to pay attention to it?

Cambridge Dictionary definition of resistance is:

“A situation in which people or organisations fight against something or refuse to accept or be changed by something; A force which acts to stop the progress of something or make it slower.”

Already this year, we have seen these things play out in global politics.

Change is one constant in life, yet it’s the cause of the friction, the stuff that we dig-out-heels in about that stops us moving forward. The underlying drive is the thing that keeps us safe and halts progress: fear.

Reasons why people resist, are:

The impact of resistance can be significant. It can impact your business culture, your stress levels, those of your team, and your bottom line. For some businesses with deep-rooted, widespread resistance it can have a massive impact on innovating and problem-solving, which leads to a fast path to the decline of a business.

When your business’s culture is the place that fosters innovation, is effective, healthy and working; it can lead to 20–30% more productivity (research: Kotter and Heskett).

It’s a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you do something about it?

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