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Leading Change – Getting Started with a Change Philosophy

Taking your first step toward becoming a Change Agent – Leading change in yourself, your organization, and the world.


Change management is difficulty - where do you begin?  This would be an excellent course for new managers or anyone leading a change initiative for the first time.

What do you know about organizational change?  How does your current understanding influence the decisions you need to make when managing change?

Does your organization work well together? Or are there conflicts with some people working at cross purposes? Are you keeping up with competition? Or falling behind? Are your operations smooth or bumpy? What do you know about leading the needed change?   

In the world today, the only constant is change itself. Business of all sizes need to change to meet competitive threats and take advantage of evolving opportunities. So too, individuals need to adapt to survive (ideally thrive) in organizational change situations – or to break habits holding them back.   

This course is an introduction to organizational and personal change, preparing a foundation to go deeper into how individuals and organizations change. As an introduction it covers the essentials for successful change with a project that helps you clarify your beliefs about change and your role in influencing change in yourself and others.    

Instructional resources include five videos (48 min.), two supporting pdf documents, and a worksheet that walks you through developing a personal Philosophy of Change (understanding what you believe so you will be better prepared to thoughtfully consider the many questions that are addressed when leading a change initiative).   

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  • Organizational Change - Getting Started
    Welcome & Introduction to Organizational Change - Getting Started
    Most change leaders believe they know what they need to know to manage an organizational change initiative.  However, if this were correct, how can we explain the high failure rate of change initiatives if this is the case?  This course is the first step toward being a successful change leader - gaining some understanding of what you believe about organizational change and how those beliefs influence how you plan and manage the change process.  
    * Essentials for Successful Organizational Change
    What are the three things that you HAVE to get right if you are going to be successful leading an organizational change initiative?  The answer to that question and some orientation on the big picture of organizational change is presented in this video.
    Introduction to Organizational Change
    This article provides a very brief overview of organizational change with an emphasis on moving theory to practice and two recurring themes for success. 
    * Introduction to a Philosophy of Organizational Change
    What do you believe about organizational change?  Why do you believe what you do?  Most importantly, how do your beliefs influence how you plan and implement a change initiative.  These are critical questions that are discussed in this video, preparing you for the next video where you will start to develop a personal Philosophy of Change.
    Application of Learning - What is your Philosophy of Organizational Change?
    Note that this video requires the use of the Word document that can be found in Lesson 6. You will need to download the Lesson 6 Worksheet prior to viewing this video. This video walks you through the 10 sets of questions that will help you identify what you believe about organizational change and how you came to those beliefs.  Note that you will need to download the Change Philosophy Worksheet (a Word document that is included as a resource for this lecture).  You have the option to watch the full video and then respond to the questions on the Worksheet.  Or stop & start the video as you answer the questions on the Worksheet.  
    Organizational Change Philosophy - Worksheet
    This Word document is the Worksheet used when viewing the Lesson 6 video - Application of Learning. You will need to download this Worksheet prior to viewing the Lesson 5 video.
    * Key Drivers for Successful Organizational Change
    In the last lecture, you had an opportunity to develop your personal Change Philosophy using ten sets of questions.  It is expected that your philosophy will continue to develop both upon additional reflection and personal experience.  In this lecture, you will have an opportunity to read your instructor's Change Philosophy, one that continues to develop as he furthers his understanding of organizational change.  Further, this statement provides the foundation for his organizational change consulting and teaching.  Note that this is a very concise statement that cannot answer all the questions you might have about the planning and implementation of organizational change.  Save those questions for the next lecture where you will have an opportunity to think about what you don't know, but need to know to succeed at leading change in yourself, your organization, and the world. 
    Bonus: Knowing What You Do Not Know
    As you near the end of this course, it is likely that you have a better understanding of organizational change and your Philosophy of Change.  It is also likely that you have gained further awareness of what more you need to know if you are to beat the poor results too many change initiatives endure.  This video lecture provides some structure for how your continuing study of organizational change might progress.
  • Slide Notes for the Videos Above
    Slides for Lesson 1 Above - Introduction
    Slides used in the Introduction & Welcome lesson above.
    Slides for Lesson 2 Above - Pathway to Learning
    Many students skip lectures or drop out before getting to the "good stuff" - the core material that supports the Learning Objectives. This short video discusses how to look for the "*" in the lecture title to identify the key lectures that should not be missed.
    Slides for Lesson 3 Above - Essentials for Successful Change
    Slides used in the "Essentials for Successful Organizational Change" lesson above.
    Slides for Lesson 5 above - Introduction to a Philosophy of Change
    Slides used in the "Introduction to Philosophy of Organizational Change" video above.
    Slides for Lesson 6 Above - Application of Learning
    Slides for the Application of Learning video. Note that there is a Word document above in Lesson 6 that is also used with this video.
    Slides for Lesson 9 Above - Knowing What You Do Not Know
    Slides used in the "Knowing what you do not know" video above.


  • Change Management
  • Organizational Development

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