Leadership: Persistence vs. Distorted Resistance to Change
by Kate Nasser |
Leadership: Persistence vs. Resistance to Change
Persistence is frequently touted as a critical success quality. Babe Ruth’s famous quote, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” is only one of many proclamations that exalts persistence.
When we lead teams through change, we hope that everyone will persist through tough times. Persistence is a tremendous strength — unless it’s actually distorted change resistance that blocks success.
Seeing the difference minimizes this risk. As leaders we are more likely to engage employees in innovation when we persist to a goal not when we resist new ideas. In business, we need both persistence and agility to reach a vision.
The exalted status of persistence can distort our thinking to believe there are only two options — persistence or surrender. Surrender screams defeat to the psyche. It brings many people to persist just to avoid feeling like a quitter or a failure. This is truly an unfortunate choice for there are more than those two options.
Instead of thinking, “know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em”, try “we succeed when we …”
Persistence: Perseverance Not Stubbornness
We can persist toward a goal by changing the course of arrival. It isn’t necessary to fly into a storm. We can change course, go around it, and still arrive!
Persistence to success requires change ability. Let’s not persist in specific methods; let’s persist in reaching success. We don’t have to walk away; we can walk another way.
Innovate the approach when the current path is,
taking us directly into harms way
truly slowing progress
eroding morale and confidence
against core values
crushing us with negativity
when other paths,
Can achieve the goal more easily or with unique benefits
Engage talents more effectively
Connect with positive resources and helpful people
Inspire morale, creativity, and productivity
Question/change the goal when it,
Blocks a positive future
Tries to hold onto the past or rewrite history
Denies or sidesteps the truth
Points to a far better goal
It is much easier to change a goal or a path when we see it as growth instead of failure. Successful people embrace this truth. They lead teams to embrace and develop agility.
Successful people have more than just persistence. They …
See futility sooner
Learn quickly and correct course
Balance their intuition with what is actually happening
Change course courageously without fearing a short term detour
Have greater desire for success than for the comfort of habit
Believe that the opposite of persistence is not laziness, weakness, or surrender
Sometimes changing course is THE method for reaching success — in business and in life. Meanwhile, inaction can turn change resistors into comfortable sitting ducks. Don’t get trapped. Be persistent and agile to find success.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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