How Will They Meet Change? Then Caleb . . . said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people.” Numbers 13:30-31
It is usually easier to present change as a simple refinement of “the way we’ve been doing it” rather than something new and different. When a proposal for change is introduced in an organization, people fall into five categories in terms of their response:
Innovators-They are the originators of new ideas and generally are not acknowledged as leaders or policy makers.
Early Adopters-They are those who know a good idea when they see it.Middle Adopters-They are the majority. They will respond to the opinions of others.
Late Adopters-They are the last group to endorse an idea. They often speak against proposed changes and may never verbally acknowledge acceptance.
Laggards-They are always against change. Their commitment is to the status quo and the past. Often they try to create division within the organization.