When a change is introduced, if it is one we like, it is easy to expect that others will too, or if we don't like it, that others should see the flaws as well; however, this is rarely the case. More often than not, it goes something like this:
Some people might not think it's a bad idea as much as feel overwhelmed by the prospect of the change. We'll talk about them in a later post as well. But for the person or people interested in the change, it is sometimes even harder to understand this perspective than that of those who are resistant. "What do you mean it will take too much effort? I think you're overreacting.", or "You're over complicating this. It will be much better than you're making it seem.", or "It won't make your job more difficult, it will make it easier! Why can't you see that?"
And yet other people could care less one way or the other about the change. This group tends to provoke irritation in the supporters of the change, because of what appears to be ambivalence towards it. Many of the same arguments made to the resistant group are made to this group, and their lack of engagement one way or the other can sometimes lead the satisfied group to label them as disengaged, or checked-out.
But is it necessarily true that people who dislike a change are trouble makers? Or that people who think the change might cause them more headaches than cures are over-reacting? Or that those who really just don't care about the change are necessarily slackers?
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where we'll look at this scenario from another perspective; that of those who resist the change.
*note: the proposed dietary change in this scenario is intended as an example only, and is does not represent any views, for or against, a vegetarian or any other diet.
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Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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