“Understanding Resistance” (Victoria Grady)

Dr. Victoria Grady is the author of The Pivot Point: Success in Organizational Change. She is also President and Principal Consultant at PivotPoint Business Solutions and Assistant Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University. In this enlightening interview, we learn what’s really behind what we think of as our “resistance to change.”

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Here’s what we asked Dr. Grady:

  1. You say, “Resistance to change … isn’t about resistance at all.” How do you mean?
  2. Change = Growth:  Are we hardwired to require change?
  3. Do people deal with change in stages? Is there a process?
  4. …is there any way to speed up that process?
  5. What pitfalls must be avoided in any change initiative?
  6. You write about attachment… How does attachment fit into all of this?
  7. How can we have change affect morale in a positive way?
  8. Who has cracked the code on all of this; gotten it right?
  9. How can we best learn from having gone though major change?
  10. Help us understand what you call, “LOE: Loss of Effectiveness”
  11. Should we expect / prepare for conflict? How do we prepare?
  12. In “Do the Work” Steven Pressfield personifies the resistance we all experience when confronted with change.  How aware are most people of their somewhat “built in” push back when confronted with changes in either life or business
  13. Do we tend to validate our issues with other coworkers to justify our feelings?
  14. What tactics do you suggest to teach people to try and think individually before jumping into generalized opinions..
  15. Can you define the characters in large companies and how they react to big (or at least perceived large changes in organizations)?
  16. How do ego and contributing to the overall cause of a company interact?

“Pivot Points: Identifying the Physical, Mental, and Emotional States We Face Whenever We Encounter CHANGE and Our Natural Resistance to It” (Myron Radio)

“Pivot Points: Identifying the Physical, Mental, and Emotional States We Face Whenever We Encounter CHANGE and Our Natural Resistance to It”

Change is something we all have to face. Do your people resist it … or embrace it? Discover what really happens and how to affect a positive process, with the help of change expert, Myron Radio.


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Here’s what we asked Myron:

  1. How do you define “Pivot Points?”
  2. Why do we have this natural resistance to change?
  3. Are pivot points always recognizable?
  4. How can we get better at embracing change?
  5. You talk about something you call “Natural energy patterns…”
  6. When it comes to “aligning the organization” (mission/vision), where does one begin?
  7. In your line of work, how do you go about measuring results?
  8. Looking back on the great work you’ve done, what have been some of the biggest surprises along the way?
  9. How can we relate these emotional states as being built up in our childhood?
  10. Are we better to return back to those states ( are we repressing our built in wise reactions?)
  11. Our natural reactions…uncomfortable is good, right?  or fight/flight…?
  12. How much is this playing into getting this done?
  13. What do we look for to identify in ourselves?
  14. Talk about emotion…what kinds of crazy examples can you show about emotional states affecting outcomes?
  15. Physically what can happen when we see change, how does it relate to stress or happiness?
  16. How do we best manage ourselves…what can we teach our up and coming business people — or even youth — about managing this?

“Getting Change Right: Leading Transformation through Collaboration” (Seth Kahan)

“Getting Change Right: Leading Transformation through Collaboration (original air dates – 5/24/10 & 5/26/10)

Change, collaboration, transformation, leadership, storytelling and story-listening are just a few of the many topics covered during this enlightening interview with Seth Kahan, Change Leadership Specialist at Visionary Leadership and author of “Getting Change Right.”