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  • Writer's pictureBrent Stromwall

Break Through: Resistance

To break through the ceiling, leadership must change how their business operates – which will meet resistance. Resistance to change is a natural human response that often stems from fear of the unknown, a lack of trust in leadership, and a lack of buy-in from employees. When faced with change, employees may worry about how it will impact their job security, workload, and comfort level, triggering their survival mode. To overcome resistance to change, leaders need to focus on building trust and communication with their employees.

From his research done with ADP Research Institute, Marcus Buckingham found that workers are 12-times more likely to be fully engaged if they trust their leaders. One way leaders can build trust is by being transparent about the reasons for change, the benefits it will bring, and the impact it will have on the organization and its employees. Encouraging open and honest communication between employees and leadership can help to build trust and overcome resistance to change.

Lack of buy-in from employees is another obstacle to change. When employees are not involved in the change process, they may feel left out or unimportant, leading to a lack of support for change initiatives. When employees feel that their voices are being heard, they are more likely to be supportive of change initiatives. Engaging everyone in the change process helps to build buy-in from employees and create traction.

The Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) is a comprehensive system that helps organizations overcome resistance to change by creating clarity, engaging everyone in change through traction, and nurturing healthy relationships based on trust. By embracing change and overcoming resistance, organizations can drive progress, innovation, and success.

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