Resistance to change can be produced by the change itself or by the intrinsic needs of individuals. When a diagnosis is made in order to improve a business it produces a change resistance in itself.
It is impossible to avoid that the needs of individual be affected. Understanding the functionality of change resistance will help you to manage the information of diagnoses in order to minimize its negative effect.
While pre-concepts are functional to solve the problems of reality, individuals appear to assume the responsibility of making things happen.
The acid test to evaluate individuals’ responsibility occurs when reality changes and the pre-concepts are not functional to solve the existent problems.
In that case there are three possible alternatives:
Case 1: The individual accepts that a change occurred and that he has to learn how to manage the new situation. In this case, learning takes place. (See Unicist Ontology of Learning and its taxonomy in the unicist bibliography).
Case 2: The individual suffers of innovation blindness and cannot see the change (See unicist papers published on the research of Innovation Blindness)
Case 3: The individual resists the change trying to return to the former state.
Change resistance passes through three stages in order to avoid a change:
1) Dominant influence to avoid change – Stage 2 starts if stage 1 fails
2) Manipulative influence to avoid change – Stage 3 starts if stage 2 fails
3) Destruction and self-destruction to avoid change
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