Resistance or Readiness?
Gerard Leigh, Business Consultant, United Kingdom
@BEN ONG and @Wendy Meijer - On the subject of resistance I would suggest that resistance only occurs when readiness is missing
Assessing change readiness prior to any initiative is a good investment as it will reveal either a path of success or an early warning of problems – that can be dealt with prior to the event thus maximising the chance of a successful change.
Readiness within an organisation is one of the key factors that will dictate employees’ initial support and buy-in to any change initiative and as such a state of readiness is desirable if the initiative is to be successful.
It might be appropriate, for example, to quantitatively measure the readiness at the individual level of the key members. It is the amalgamation of individual activities that will define if an organisation accepts, or rejects change. In short it can be argued that the sum of the individual readiness defines the overall organisational readiness for change.