Some great tips were offered on the topic of battling change resistance by Rosabeth Moss Kanterand published in the Harvard Business Review. When faced with resistors consider:

  1. Cold, hard facts. Use evidence to show that change is necessary and possible. Get your facts from multiple sources and be diligent about details; even a small error can discredit your case for change.
  2. Counter-arguments. Know what your opponents are saying and be prepared to acknowledge their concerns and offer a compelling argument for your case.
  3. Big picture. In the short term, change is uncomfortable. Look at the big picture and explain why the change is the right move for the long term.
  4. Repetition and pressure. Stay on message, repeat your best arguments, and apply the necessary pressure to turn the change-averse around.