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Running Head: VISUALIZING AND LEADING CHANGE 1
Visualizing and Leading Change
Kenya Brooks
University of Maryland University College
Instructor: Dr. Wayne Matthews
April 17, 2019

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VISUALIZING AND LEADING CHANGE 2
Visualizing and Leading Change
Change always pose a challenge to any organization. The difficulty of implementing a
change in an organization depends on the magnitude of the change itself. The more significant
the change, the more the barriers and the more the challenge to execute it. Regardless of the
company size, industry, and leadership experience, all organization comprised of people who
will oppose changes. However, at any given time, an organization must experience transitions as
a sign of growth. Therefore, as a leader of an organization, it is imperative to anticipate and plan
for potential change well in advance (Hanna, 2017). Planning to implement change is essential
since it helps to minimize barriers while it maximizes the benefits. Moreover, organizations with
excellent change management initiatives are six times more likely to achieve their goals and
objectives as compared to those with poor change management initiatives. Consequently, to
develop successful change management initiatives, it is necessary to understand the potential
barriers that the organization is likely to experience. As a result, the paper will cover barriers to
organizational change and how to address them (Appelbaum et al., 2016).
Barriers to Change
Barriers to change are numerous. However, the paper will only discuss five of such
obstacles together with the strategies and suggestions of how to overcome them. These barriers
include individual change resistance, lack of communication, lack of strategic direction, lack of
consistency, and cultural barriers (Hanna, 2017).
Individual Change Resistance
It is a common phenomenon for people to oppose change because most people do not
enjoy change. The fear of change, as well as the maintenance of the status quo, motivates people
to resist change in any organization. Philosophically, human nature always tends to be highly

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Running Head: VISUALIZING AND LEADING CHANGE Visualizing and Leading Change Kenya Brooks University of Maryland University College Instructor: Dr. Wayne Matthews April 17, 2019 1 VISUALIZING AND LEADING CHANGE 2 Visualizing and Leading Change Change always pose a challenge to any organization. The difficulty of implementing a change in an organization depends on the magnitude of the change itself. The more significant the change, the more the barriers and the more the challenge to execute it. Regardless of the company size, industry, and leadership experience, all organization comprised of people who will oppose changes. However, at any given time, an organization must experience transitions as a sign of growth. Therefore, as a leader of an organization, it is imperative to anticipate and plan for potential change well in advance (Hanna, 2017). Planning to implement change is essential since it helps to minimize barriers while it maximizes the benefits. Moreover, organizations with excellent change management initiatives are six times more likely to achieve their goals and objectives as compared to those with poor change management initiatives. Consequently, to develop successful change management initiatives, it is necessary to understand the potential barriers that the organization is likely to experience. As a result, the paper will cover barriers to organizational change and how to address them (Appelbaum et al., 2016). Barriers to Change Barriers to change are nu ...
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