Leading through Change


By most estimates, really successful organizational changes occur less than 20 percent of the time. More often the experience can be described this way, we fail, find someone or something to blame, and start all over again. Much has been written about leadership strategies to guide organizations through change intended to achieve results through modification of other people’s behaviors or routines. Organizations realize that they will not survive if they do not change. Several forces are causing organizations to face this reality including the changing nature of work, changes in the workforce and changes in how people learn. Watkins and Marsick (1993) in their book Sculpting the Learning Organization: Lessons in the Art and Science of Systematic Change gives form and structure to the concept that Senge (1990) identified as the learning organization. “The learning organization is one that learns continuously and transforms itself. Learning takes place in individuals, teams and the organization, and even the communities with which the organization interacts. Learning results in changes in knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors. It also enhances organizational capacity for innovation and growth.” In this webinar we will lay out the six action imperatives described by Watkins and Marsick (1992) for creation of a learning organization.

Change is ever present and ever accelerating. It places demands on organizations and subunits within organizations that require significant departures from people’s current routines and behaviors. The success of a change initiative depends upon the support of those affected. Not all those affected may see the change as something positive. Garnering their support is a challenge. How do you bring along those that shy from change and much prefer the status quo? How do you support the change journey in your organization or nonprofit? In this webinar we are going to take a practical approach with some tools that will help you bring focus to the change initiative and support the change journey.