Stop Wasting Time! How to Deal with Difficult People Who Resist Change

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Guest Name – Carleton Chinner
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In this podcast episode, we tackle the perennial challenge of managing change in project management, inspired by the thought-provoking article, ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve: How to Combat Resistance to Change.’ Drawing from personal experiences and industry insights, the article highlights the omnipresent resistance encountered during projects, citing a memorable incident during a software implementation project. It introduces two seminal frameworks for understanding stakeholder behavior amidst change: the Kübler-Ross Change Curve and Everett Rogers’ Change Adoption Curve.

We explore the journey from initial enthusiasm to eventual acceptance, dissecting the stages of resistance encountered along the way. From early hype and shock to frustration, fear, and exploration, stakeholders undergo a rollercoaster of emotions, each stage requiring nuanced strategies for effective management. Practical tips emerge, emphasizing the crucial role of communication, active listening, and tailored engagement to navigate these turbulent waters successfully.

In conclusion, this episode serves as a beacon of guidance for project managers, offering a roadmap to navigate the treacherous terrain of change. By understanding the psychology of change, leveraging proven frameworks, and embracing effective communication, project leaders can steer their teams towards acceptance and drive meaningful transformations. Join us as we unravel the mysteries of change management and empower project managers with the tools they need to thrive in an ever-evolving landscape.

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