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Being a change agent isn’t easy!

I’m a management consultant and coach! One of the things I like to tell the leaders I advise is that being a change agent isn’t easy. Managing organizational change can be difficult, and is often unpopular – and that can make you unpopular too. But as I also like to say, attitudes don’t change overnight – so be resilient, build allies, and have a thick skin. Eventually, others will come along! – Name withheld        So if I may, I’d like to set the record straight. People are not as resistant to change as you probably think. Or at least that’s what pioneering organizational sociologist Joan Woodward concluded after studying factory workers in Great Britain in the 1960s. She observed an “almost a complete lack of resistance” to change in her research, something she herself

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