I am sure you have heard this…

‘People are afraid of change’ or its little brother ‘People don’t like change’.


People are NOT afraid of change. People are afraid of loss.

People don’t want change when they anticipate loss, or there is enough uncertainty about the change or their ability to cope with it, that loss is possible.

People want change when they anticipate gain, and are relatively certain of that gain.

If you want people to embrace change, they must see some benefit to themselves that far outweighs any possible losses.

What change is going on around you at the moment?

What are the pros and cons from the perspective of each individual involved in the change?

Here is a simple flow chart about people and change.

My best wishes, Paul

By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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