Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week
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March 3, 2006
Contents In This Issue
  • CHEER UP, RESISTANCE ISN'T ALL BAD
  • COACHING CALL TO ACTION
  • ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI
  • PASS IT ON
  • Andrea Novakowski
    Master Certified Coach

    Coaching for Corporations,
    Businesses and Individuals





    QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    "To fly we have to have resistance."

    -- Maya Lin


    CHEER UP, RESISTANCE ISN'T ALL BAD

    by Rick Maurer


    ďPeople resist us for good reasons. If they donít understand our idea, it makes sense that they wonít get behind it. Why should they? And if our idea threatens them, there is absolutely no reason why they should support us. And if they believe we represent all that is bad and wrong in the organization, they would be foolish to jump on our bandwagon. Although it may feel like it at times, there are no born resisters Ė people just lying in wait to mess up our plans. People resist due to lack of understanding, negative reaction to the idea, or lack of trust between us.

    So why is this good news? If we can figure out the real reasons why people oppose us or our ideas, we have a far greater chance of turning that resistance into support. I canít influence what I donít see.

    Staying in synch with others is the most reliable way to build support for our ideas in ways that diminish the chances that resistance will take over. We need to continually remind ourselves to ask three essential questions:

    1. Do they understand?
    2. Are they reacting positively or negatively to my idea?
    3. Is there sufficient trust between us for them to support me (Maurer, 2002, p.46)?Ē
    Reference: Maurer, R. (2002). Why donít you want what I want?: how to win support for your ideas without hard sell, manipulation, or power plays. Austin, TX: Bard Press

    Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadership.osu.edu.

    COACHING CALL TO ACTION


    This week when you are faced with resistance to your ideas, comments, and/or proposals run through Rick's checklist to determine the source of the resistance. The source of the resistance could be quite simple or you may have more work to do to build trust.

    ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI


    Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week is brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach who provides Business and Personal Coaching to Corporations, Businesses, and Individuals. Andrea is a professional coach who partners with people to set goals and create momentum to produce effective results in their business and/or personal lives.

    Andrea is available for individual coaching. If you are serious about reaching your goals and living with greater fulfillment and satisfaction, consider using a coach. To schedule a COMPLIMENTARY initial consultation, send an e-mail to Andrea at
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