Is it part of your job to generate change? Do you need to persuade people to do things differently to the way they've always done them? Do you get frustrated by resistance to change?
If so, you're not alone! As I talk to people, especially people involved in Agile Transformations, this is one of the most common frustrations I hear. In fact, it's so common that many people believe it's not possible to have change without resistance.
I disagree! I've been running workshops on the topic for a year or so now, and they're always really popular (the picture above is of when I ran it at Jagex HQ for Cambridge Agile Exchange - their most popular event ever!). When people explore in the right way, they find plenty of examples of change without resistance, and things that were done to make it happen - each post-it in the photo above is an example! When we add in the "Solution Focus" model of change (which is so aligned with the Agile Manifesto) and my "Zone of Productive Change", it becomes clear that there are plenty of ways to Generate Change without Generating Resistance.
If you'd like to hear more about what's possible and how it works, listen to my podcast with Carrie Beddingfield.