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The Onion Model of Resistance is a model I developed initially to describe resistance to change. I subsequently generalised it to cover handling: resistance to ideas in a presentation sales objections resistance in a learning environment resistance to engagement Full details are in the Handling Resistance Pocketbook. I recently had a couple of articles published by […]

Yesterday, I posted the first part of an article published in the September 2011 issue of Training Journal.� I describe how I developed the Onion Model that is at the centre of The Handling Resistance Pocketbook. Here is Part 2 of that article. From one Model to many� It was around 2004 when a client […]

In the September 2011 issue of Training Journal, I describe how I developed the Onion Model that is at the centre of The Handling Resistance Pocketbook. Here is that article. Models are the way that human beings understand our world, and everything we experience. We are constantly building models to explain what we observe, or […]

In yesterday’s post, Part 1, we started looking at resistance to engagement, by looking at the basics of the onion model and then peeling the first layer: “I don’t understand why you want me to engage with you.” In this second part, we complete our analysis. �I don�t understand how to engage with you� The […]

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 […]

This 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 […]

The core of The Handling Resistance Pocketbook is �The Onion Model�. Indeed, one of the drivers for writing it was to put my �onion model of resistance� into the wider world.� I originally developed this in the context of resistance to change and used it in training and facilitation sessions for the last eight years.� […]