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Don’t “overcome” resistance––lead it!

What do you do when you meet the “manager” on the road?


Now before you get out the pitchforks and torches––I am not advocating violence. Let me set the ground…

My first question is a play on an ancient “koan.” These are puzzles the ancient Masters developed to help us think about difficult problems with clarity and simplicity.

One of the most famous is, “What do you do when you meet the Buddha on the road?”

In this exercise, the Buddha is not the person, but that part of each of us that is obsessed with the unattainable ideal of perfection. Perfection is not a destination, but a never-ending process. So the best thing we can do when we run up against this idealistic, obsessive part of us is––kill it!

Don’t try to “overcome” resistance––lead it!

People are naturally resistant to change. They often have good reasons––and most of the time, it starts with bad management!

What are some of the reasons people resist change? What are some of the reasons YOU might resist change? Take a minute to think about these questions before you read on.

Any particular change might:

  • Threaten their job or “territory”

  • Make their job more difficult

  • Force them to do more with less

  • Upset a comfortable status quo

  • Feelings of incompetence or failure