Handling Resistance to Engagement

Resistance to Engagement in the August 2011 Training JournalThis month’s edition of Training Journal is focused on the topic of “engagement”, seven feature articles dedicated to the topic.

I was honoured to be asked by the editor, Elizabeth Eyre, to contribute.  My article “Resistance to Engagement” builds on the onion model to discuss why people sometimes resist such an obviously “good thing”.

Training Journal

Training Journal is a subscription only magazine, and access to the full article archive on their website also requires a subscription.  It is an excellent journal that I have read and contributed for nearly ten years.  If you are a trainer or you commission training, reading it will be a valuable part of your CPD.

However, the subscription model means that any people interested in my article won’t be able to access it, so I will be putting it onto this blog, in two parts, over the next two days.  Here is the intro…

Resistance to Engagement

People want to be engaged.  They want to be treated fairly, to be consulted about what is happening, and to feel valued and supported.  Yet employee engagement initiatives often meet with scepticism, resistance and even hostility.  Why is this?  Can we understand the source of the resistance and build on this understanding to create positive ways to handle it?

Part 1 in my next blog: 10 August 2011.

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About Mike Clayton

Mike is an author and speaker, specialising in personal effectiveness, project management and the management of change. When we try to make change work for us, things don't always go as planned: Shift happens! Over the years, Mike has developed personal and professional strategies to anticipate and deal with shift. You can contact Mike at mike@mikeclayton.co.uk
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