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Initial Excitement vs Resistance To Change

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Initial excitement is the tendency for an organization to initially embrace a program of aggressive change. New ideas are exciting and initiatives are often kicked off with inspirational speeches and optimistic predictions.
Resistance to change is the well known tendency for organizations to both openly and passively resist change that disrupts the status quo. In many cases, resistance to change doesn't appear during the period of initial excitement but comes later when the novelty of a new approach wears off, work begins and problems start popping up. Individuals begin to see how a change will affect them personally and excitement gives way to resistance.
Change management techniques designed to reduce resistance to change are often heavily focused on the launch of a new initiative. This may miss the mark as resistance only appears later.
Initial Excitement vs Resistance To Change
Initial Excitement
Resistance To Change
The tendency for a program of change to be initially embraced due to its novelty or the optimistic predictions of leaders.
The tendency for organizations to openly and passively resist change due to its disruption of systems, norms and habits.

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