We, time and again, find ourselves in situations where we try to carry out changes for which we need the agreement from third parties. Selling a new project in India or implementing an improvement initiative in our Department imply changes, either external or internal, which require conformity from clients, suppliers, colleagues, subordinates or superiors.
Similarly, in our personal lives, we frequently face contexts where we want to introduce changes and need to convince others in order to execute the same. To buy a new car, sleep over night at a friend’s home or decide on children education, we often need support from our partner, parents, children, friends…
In both environments we have experienced occasions when the others didn’t embrace with open arms the proposed idea. Our product or proposal was wonderful and, nevertheless, due to some obscure reason, the people we tried to convince didn’t quite understand the benefits of the change.
In many of these cases, after repeating, louder each time, the arguments which made our idea so wonderful, we not only didn’t get it accepted but ended up in sour discussions or, in extreme situations, in plain conflicts and resentment which, eventually, deteriorated the relationship with those people.
Do people, really, resist change? And, if they do, how to overcome it or, at least, how can we avoid that change proposals lead us to personal conflicts?
A brief animation video recently published by Goldratt Group in You Tube illustrates, in a simple and amusing way, an answer to these questions. It’s just 6 minutes video, which are really worth seeing:
Director INDOLINK Consulting