Are You the Problem?

In this short clip, Peter Block shares some tips on how to recognize and deal with personal resistance.

“If I’m a participant in the world I’m helping to create it,” says Block.

What does this mean? Block explains that if there is a dilemma amongst group members, internal customers or clients, you are a contributing factor to the problem. You must ask yourself, “How am I adding to the difficulty?” The cause of your inclusion could be due to a variety of things; your wish to please others, to have control, or even your self-doubt.

When directly addressing a problem with your client produces no results, Block suggests briefly stepping away from the meeting. This time apart will allow you to reassess the problem at hand and determine how you can individually help to fix it.

By taking time for self-reflection, recognition of your own personal resistance can be achieved.