Change management

How to deal with resistance to change

Resistance to change, as well as stubbornness to search for better ways of doing things resides in the human nature. And yet, what would our society look like today if change didn’t take place? Would it still even exist?

Because of their fears, ignorance or reluctance people rejected some of the most revolutionary discoveries or inventions. The necessity for making changes appears for organisation,s as well as for society. Resistance and reticence towards change arise as well.

How to accept change easier, how to implement change in a better way, with better results? These are a few questions this program will answer.


The program is designed for managers and leaders, for people involved in organisational change processes.


  • Getting to know main issues for organisational diagnosis
  • Understanding necessity and importance of change process
  • Discovering sources of change resistance
  • Assimilating change patterns
  • Learning techniques of fighting against change resistance

Main topics

  • Organisational development
  • Vision and objectives
  • Continuous change
  • Change resistance
  • Transition curve – change cycle
  • Change types
  • Creative change
  • Change patterns
  • Change stages
  • Stages of change implementation

Adela Cristea

Managing Partner & Founder Ascent Group

Adela Cristea is the managing partner of Ascent Group and founder of the consortium. Adela's academic background is in Economy and Law, at the "West University" Timișoara and "Vasile Goldiș" University, Arad. Throughout the years she's become specialised in numerous areas, studying at universities abroad (Gent University - Belgium; Göttingen University - Germany; National Democratic Institute - USA), as well as become trained in the Systems Thinking course at Oxford University.

Adela's wide experience of 20+ years, particularly that pertaining to the area of management and human resources, has been accumulated with multi-national companies such as Unilever or International Resources, as well as with consulting groups, such as Archimedes Consulting Group and Ascent Group.

All along, Adela has been engaged in multiple business start-up projects, company restructurings, labor conflicts and training, for multi-national companies, as well as for local businesses in a wide array of fields, both in Romania and abroad. Adela's multi-disciplinary experience is rounded off with a 15-year stretch teaching at the university.

Since 2017, Adela has become the co-founder of Design Thinkers Academy Eastern Europe, contributing to the development of the company to reach over 20 countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia.

Lia Bejenaru

Senior Partner Ascent Group

From a professional point of view, Lia's experience is a multidisciplinary one, both in public administration, in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, and in project management within the European Center for Bessarabia, of SME's Union - Brussels, respectively in collaboration with the foundations of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), Robert Schuman Foundation, Eduardo-Feri Foundation and USAID.

In the private sector, Lia has been active for several years as financial manager of the NRG Interactive Group followed by a career in the field of public communication and media as prime-time news presenter at Publika TV, news editor, reporter and special correspondent at international events. The journalistic activity has been intertwined with the one as consultant, trainer and manager within the Ascent Group, in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, with Lia coordinating the Ascent Group's office in Chisinau for over 15 years.