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How to Cause Resistance

 

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Here are just a few of the ways you can cause people to resist the change:

  • Resist the resistance, fighting back.
  • Do not use your sponsors.
  • Try to do everything yourself.
  • Allow sponsors to be non-committal about the change.
  • Use threats and aggressive language.
  • Avoid talking to individual people.
  • Avoid listening to people.
  • Do not visit the various teams affected.
  • Spend more time with your allies (and avoiding the troublemakers).
  • Ignore those who resist. Keep your fingers crossed they will give up.
  • Tell people about your plans and then ignore the plans.
  • Give lots of rational reasons why people should do as you say.
  • Dive into the details before they have bought the big picture.
  • Do not test that people have understood what you have said.
  • Lose faith yourself in the change.
  • Be vague about what the change will be.
  • Avoid being the messenger of bad news.
  • Collude with the other person.
  • Produce non-specific plans.
  • Expect people to instantly understand what took you three weeks to figure out.
  • Publicly and aggressively punish those who object.
  • Shout down anyone who disagrees.
  • Do not change reward systems to align with the change.
  • Make 'an exception' for talented people who resist.

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