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Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Halting Reactions

Halting reactions are “legitimate” ways (i.e. statements) that people frequently use to halt, derail or deviate any attempts by others to bring about change, implement a solution for a problem or problems experienced and/or to prevent a possible looming crisis.

There are as many halting reactions, as there are people on this planet. To even try and list a few halting responses is quite a daunting task already, because people are quite sophisticated in developing new and “justified” halting reactions. Therefore, only the most popular and most frequently used halting reactions are listed below…

  • I have already tried everything, but nothing seems to be working, this effort will probably fail as well.
  • We already tried something similar and the results was quite disappointing.
  • The eventual result will not justify the cost, time and effort it would take to make things work.
  • To be quite honest, it isn't our responsibility, pass it on to finance, I'm sure they can deal with it more effectively.
  • Don't be ridiculous, the situation is far more complicated than what it may seem to you.
  • This will bring about a radical change and I doubt whether the people are ready for it.
  • We haven't got time now, keep it on ice and we look into it when things quiet down a bit.
  • Wonderful idea, put it in writing and I will see to it that management gets it
  • You know back in my days, young people wasn't allowed to…
  • This idea will render equipment already bought and paid for absolute and useless.
  • Actually we are to small and insignificant to even attempt such an ambitious project.
  • You are still to young and inexperienced to really understand that……
  • You do not fully grasp the intricacies of modern technology.
  • It's never been done before.
  • Let's be realistic, where will the required time, needed manpower and finances come from.
  • This isn't our problem, let HR deal with it.
  • Things are still running smoothly and works well, why do you want to change it now?
  • If it isn't broken, why fix it.
  • You are at least 10 years ahead of your time!
  • The people are not ready for it yet.
  • We didn't budget for it, perhaps next year.
  • Head office will never allow it.
  • What if the idea backfires, it will make us look like complete fools.
  • We manage quite well up to now, lets wait for a more convenient time to implement your ideas.
  • Lets call a meeting to discuss details and possible implications.
  • Lets form a committee to research and look into the matter.
  • Lets conduct more investigations, before we make any hasty decisions.
  • Lets wait with implementation till the timing is right for it.
  • Did someone else already tried it?
  • It will not work in our circumstances.
  • We are swamped with work, and barely have the time to deal with important issues. When will we find the time to deal with this?
  • This is a foreign idea and would never work in our situation.

People are amazingly innovative and creative when it comes to developing of halting reactions and in doing so, maintain the existence of a problem or issue (i.e. enablers and wild horse attitude). But sadly, they often fail to realize and understand that redirecting all that halting reaction energies and ideas towards addressing and solving problems, could yield amazing and exponential results (i.e.facilitators and oryx attitude).

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