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Leadership within a Retail Organisation
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One of my most challenging tasks was to help others to accept that change is a part of life, and that the ability to change is one of the secrets to grow and survive in the brutal arena of the workplace. It is not easy getting people to change, so part of my job is to learn how to turn the process of change into a continuous personal challenge.
One day, our management decided to institute changes on working hours in the store as part of a new model store blueprint. The policy altered each worker's start and finish times, and break times were shortened to half an hour. For those working more than eight hours, an hour's break was allowed. We knew that most of the staff would react negatively to the proposal, and that resistance had been building up in many of them. I was given a tight deadline to implement the change in my store. The task was daunting, but I was confident because I had the tools needed to plan and execute the change, ready to confront and solve most of the problems that would arise. What were those tools, how did I use them, and why
Lou V. Gerstner, who as IBM CEO saved the company at a time of crisis, found that "changing the attitudes and behaviour of people is very hard to accomplish. You can't simply give speeches, write a new credoand declare that people have to change. What managers can do is create the conditions for transformation. You provide incentives. You have to trust. In the end, the workers themselves decide to change" (Gerstner, 2002). Knowing why people resist change is the first step to help them change.
Reflecting on my experiences, I know three main reasons why people resist ch ...
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