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Determining Your Acceptance to Change

To determine how receptive to change you may be, consider these four statements. Which suggests that you are in denial of change. How about resistance to change? Which statement would suggest an openness to the change and its consequences? Finally, which statement might go so far as to suggest a new status quo and its positive consequences?

1. I don’t believe that this change is necessary or that it will work.
2. I absolutely refuse to do as I have been instructed in light of the change.
3. I want to learn more about the change—review the pros ad cons—and determine the implications of the change.
4. I think this change is working—as I think about it, I even think it makes a lot of sense.

These responses are normal. You have no problem unless you find yourself several months after the fact still venting about a change. Ideally, you should be looking for how to make the change more successful, not pointing to its shortcomings.

About the Author(s)

Florence M. Stone is editorial director for American Management Association.