"Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building" - Ezra 4:4.
When the Jews started to rebuild and repopulate Jerusalem, there were people with vested interests who tried to hinder the process. That is usually how it goes when people and leaders try to plan and implement change. Their tactics are almost always the same, for the opponents of change use forecasts of doom and failure to intimidate and instill fear into the change agents. When this occurs, leaders must continue to remind followers of the reasons for the change and how it fits into the overall vision and flows with values of the organization. While opponents use fear, leaders must 'preach' faith; when opponents use discouragement, leaders must find ways to encourage those doing the change work.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to determine if fear or discouragement are plaguing the change initiatives in your organization. Since people may not yet see the results of the change, you must paint a vivid picture of the new reality you are pursuing as a team. How, where, and when can you do this? Perhaps it's time to revisit the reasons for the changes or to encourage one another by celebrating small victories or successes along the way.