The 20-50-30 Rule of Change Can Make All the Difference

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THE 20-50-30 RULE OF CHANGE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
This Amazing Rule is True, But Sometimes Hard to Believe!
Ralph Masengill Jr., author of “Conquer Change and Win

On Big Blend Radio change agent Ralph Masengill Jr. explains how the 20-50-30 Rule of Change can make all the difference in implementing an organization’s plan of change, as well as improve leadership skills.

The 20-50-30 Rule has been around a long time. The rule states that 20 percent of your group or staff is going to be change friendly, 50 percent will be neutral (the wait-and-see folks), and 30 percent will be resisters. The 20-50-30 Rule has been around a long time. It is indeed the truth well told. Unfortunately, those who do not believe it are missing out on a lot of wisdom. I have found it to apply to every situation where accurate data has allowed me to measure such things.

This rule has proven invaluable to me over the years. One reason some do not believe it is that it is so simple and matter-of-fact. The rule also states that the leader should spend 100 percent of his or her time with the undecided group and the change-friendly group and ignore the resisters. Resisters cause 80 to 90 percent of the problems and make the most noise. They will try to poison the other 70 percent if you give them a platform. Let’s face it. Some unfortunates just will not change, so spend no time with them. (These squeaky wheels should get no oil!)

I know it is sometimes hard to just forget about 30 percent of the people in your group, but talking to them is a great waste of time. They are generally not in favor of any change. Spend your time, money, and effort on the 70 percent who are willing to change or are neutral. Don’t argue with those who are not and cause problems for you. Failing to ignore the resisters is a major error many make, and this costs those people a lot of unnecessary stress, misery and failure. Some resisters will come around and go with the majority in time, but most won’t. It’s just not your job to worry about the resisting 30 percent. Ignore them.

Every group is made up of individuals—not clones. When leading a group, you need to discover what each individual is good at and exploit his or her positives. You should lead your 70 percent by seeing your group as what it is: a group of individuals agreeing with your plan or premise in time. All this might seem obvious, but it’s amazing how those in charge (who are otherwise solid leaders) make the mistake of treating each person the same. As a leader, be sure you live in the real world. Some individuals have more influence than others. Here is what I mean. The more powerful the resisting person (employee), in terms of job title, position, and longevity, the more success he or she will have in resisting. Less-well-positioned employees might resist collectively through an organization, such as a union or a clique.

How do these individuals resist? Resistance to change appears in actions such as verbal criticism, nitpicking details, failure to adapt, snide comments, sarcastic remarks, missed meetings, failed commitments, in-terminable arguments, lack of all verbal support, and outright sabotage. There are many other kinds of resistance. Those mentioned are some of the most common. The 30 percent who are the resisters might resist as a collective group. The vast majority of them will more often resist as individuals in that group.

The 20-50-30 Rule has worked for tens of thousands of people. Your life and your company will improve and become less stressful if you use it. It works every time. Sometimes the hardest part of the 20-50-30 Rule is to believe it is true. If you can believe this rule on a consistent basis, you will succeed more and have a lot less stress in your life. If you are a leader, the 20-50-30 Rule will improve your ability to lead. The benefits are hard to overstate.

The 20-50-30 RULE, believe it and it will reduce your stress and improve your leadership skills.

Ralph Masengill Jr. is a best-selling author and award-winning advisor, coach, marketing expert, business consultant and public relations strategist. His latest, and ‘must-read’ book is “Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read Fun Book on the Serious Subject of Change.” www.ConquerChangeandWin.com

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Ralph Masengill Jr. is a best-selling author and award-winning advisor, coach, marketing expert, business consultant and public relations strategist. His latest, and ‘must-read’ book is “Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read Fun Book on the Serious Subject of Change.”

Website Link www.ConquerChangeandWin.com
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