How to Overcome Resistance to Change
As a project manager, you are in a constant state of change in your organization. Niccolo Machiavelli wrote:
"There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. This arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it."
You will meet resistance from your team and constituents during a change. You will meet resistance by the people impacted by the change. When these individuals and groups of people resist change, change is harder, slower and riskier.
Understand resistance to change and learn a handful of simple, but powerful, tactics to help resisters become comfortable. They will either get on board, or get out of your way.