“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”
The process of change can be painful or beneficial. It depends mainly on the preparation and circumstance for the need of change. Some changes can be approved, while others should be looked at and if not appropriately prepared or explained, tend to be rejected. Change rejection happens too often in corrections. The hesitancy or reluctance to bring change, is simply not justified in most cases and should be addressed by someone who makes policies and decisions.
Most of the time, change is rejected due to ambiguity put into the decision and making the statement without a proper foundation of facts or other relevant information. One needs to learn how to execute change properly. In order to acquire an acceptance criteria, you have to work hard to put the matter at hand out there for criticism and feedback.
Before it is rejected, one should take the time to explain the purpose of this change and how it will impact culture, organization, performance, productivity, accountability and other relatively personal issues. One does have the option to postpone change or a decision.
One does not necessarily have to reject a proposal until all the criteria or concerns are met. If it is simple, you can make a deal to move forward and gain the approval when all the missing elements are available and delivered to you for your final presentation and approval by the decision maker.
Acquiring the appropriate level of confidence, performance or integrity for such a decision must be done with due diligence and if urgent, you need to reschedule the discussion just so you can gain an approval to proceed upon completion of the project or change maker.
However, make it clear to those involved and coordinating this change, that by not having everything ready the first time, they use more time of everyone involved, than it is really necessary and risk losing the momentum for positive change to occur. Success is based on preparation and taking into the full account of the human factor.
Being organized and implementing change through positive steps or stages can be difficult and time consuming but in most cases, change can be positive.