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Overcoming Barriers to Behavior Change

By  Juanita Coble, Adélka Vendl

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Have you ever worked with a team that was ready for change, but then failed to follow through? Have you ever wondered why some employees fail to apply what they learn in training to their day-to-day work? Perhaps change blockers are in play. In “Overcoming Barriers to Behavior Change,” Juanita Coble and Adélka Vendl identify common change blockers and provide strategies for surmounting them.

This TD at Work issue explains how fear, laziness, and resignation can keep employees from reaching their potential, even when they want to improve. The authors discuss how provocative coaching—or “playing the devil’s advocate while being on the side of the angels”—can help people get past the feelings that are blocking them from making a positive change.

In this issue, you will find:

  • positive and negative aspects of change blockers
  • the six C Steps that promote behavior change
  • stories of organizations that have made change stick
  • strategies for thinking two steps ahead
  • 10 ways to coach provocatively.


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Juanita Coble

Juanita Coble ( is owner of Cobleworks, an independent training company in the Netherlands that offers bespoke high-impact training empowered by theatrical techniques. She is a frequently invited speaker at the Association for Talent Development International Conference and Exposition.

Adélka Vendl

Adélka Vendl ( is an organizational psychologist helping companies to implement behavior change. She is an expert on provocative psychology, offers training to professionals, and does research at the University of Amsterdam on coaching and psychology.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562862671

Pages: 20

Pub Date: November 2016

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 251616

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