Beware of These Change Killers

Some behaviours, beliefs, feelings, and attitudes are toxic to successful change. You will undoubtedly have encountered them:

  • giving up the moment change gets hard
  • suspicion towards any change, no matter how necessary or reasonable it might be
  • always seeing problems and negatives in change initiatives and hardly ever seeing benefits
  • pessimism over outcomes
  • no vision for the future
  • mistrust of anyone in authority
  • having rigid and unbending thinking
  • being closed-minded to other views that challenge their own

People infected with these change killers are usually resistant to change, disengage from the process, become negative, anxious, and even angry about change. They complain of change fatigue.

These change killers are highly contagious for some people and these behaviours and attitudes can easily spread throughout an organisation. Infected people can be a thorn in the side of any change project and a stone in the shoe of anyone trying to manage them through the change process.

Where the Risks Lie

Some stakeholders are at a high risk of developing these change killer behaviours, and others are at a low risk.

There is a reason why some people are more likely than others to exhibit change killer behaviours. It has to do with how much change fitness they have.

Low change fitness leaves people vulnerable to change killer behaviours. This is because they need change fitness to make the success pattern work for them and people with low change fitness don’t have the psychological fitness to make the pattern work. So, their experience with change is mostly negative.

They bring their low change fitness and their negative experience with change and that’s all they have to bring to this shiny new change project. Sooner or later those change killer behaviours will appear again.

Can I Lower the Risks?

Wouldn’t it be good if you could know before you even start a change project who is most at risk of developing these change killer behaviours? If you had that information you could ensure those people were not put in leadership roles, you could monitor their progress and offer extra support when they were beginning to struggle, and you could be more targeted with your communications.

And, if the situation allowed, you could even target them with coaching to increase their change fitness and get to the root of the problem.

The good news is this; you can find out who is most at risk and you can be prepared for these killer behaviours and attitudes even before they arise.

Beat the Change Killers

Change fitness is our internal, psychological capacity to make the success pattern of the change process work in our favour. IRVEY® is our proprietary, purpose-built assessment tool that quickly measure how much change fitness people have.

Talk to us about how you can beat these change killers in all your change projects.