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Overcoming Resistance to Change

Most people don’t enjoy being out of their comfort zone; they avoid the unexpected, and consciously or unconsciously resist being forced to change. People may even develop a myriad of explanations, justifications, or blinders to this resistance. Being an effective agent for organizational change requires understanding the reasons for resistance and the possible consequences, and championing effective strategies and techniques for addressing this resistance.

In this session, Peter Topping, Ph.D., will offer some insights into the application of psychology and human development concepts to the challenges of overcoming resistance to change garnered from his 30 years of expertise in executive development, consulting, and coaching.  Topics to be discussed are:

  1. The power of fear as a driver of human behavior
  2. Identifying psychological defense mechanisms
  3. Adapting leadership practices based upon the situation and followers’ needs



Peter Topping

Dr. Peter Topping is Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management at the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta. He teaches courses in Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Ethics across the School’s MBA programs, including the fulltime, Evening, and Executive MBA formats. Peter also has a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Peter has held several other international visiting faculty appointments, and an associate faculty appointment at Georgia State University.

Peter joined Goizueta in 1999 as Executive Director of Executive Education, and helped build that organization's reputation and world ranking in delivering customized executive programs for corporations. Peter’s executive education teaching expertise includes the areas of leadership, organizational change, strategic execution, high performance work teams, systems thinking, cross cultural management, collaborative negotiations and conflict management. He has received several teaching awards in the Executive MBA Programs at Goizueta Business School, including “Most Inspiring Educator” for three consecutive years.

Price: $10.00

Date: September 21, 2017

Available Spaces: 48