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They Appear When Least Expected

14 December, 2015 - 16:34
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Even if you have incorporated everyone (including the resisters) in the planning process, there will still be resistance down the road. In my experience, the resisters surface AFTER the beginning of the implementation, just when the project is ready to go. During the planning stages, implementation is just "thinking out loud," and resisters are not yet convinced the change will occur. As your plan starts to look as if it will be implemented, the threat to those who oppose it increases as the impact of the implementation becomes clear. So, a "heads up" to principals! The resisters and saboteurs will most often appear after the implementation process has begun. Also, remember resisters and saboteurs can surface from both the internal and external environment.