Change Management for Leaders
In the 21st century, organizations that stagnate cannot stay competitive in the global marketplace. In order for these organizations to succeed, leaders must embody complex skillsets that enable them to drive and manage constant change. Whether changes are monumental or subtle, leaders must find a way to understand complex organizational needs in context, drive changes that appropriately balance vision and feasibility, and engage stakeholders to make these changes successful.
This course tackles some of the most common challenges faced by leaders in creating strong, vibrant and evolving organizations, including how to:
- Motivate and engage others
- Make decisions (with or without others)
- See the need and shape a vision for change
- Successfully carry out the change, and
- Learn continuously along the journey
This course also explores how organizational structure and culture shape organizational life and how they function as levers to build more resilient organizations that can thrive in complexity.
Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.
- Wed, Jan 10 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jan 17 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jan 24 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jan 31 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Feb 7 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Feb 14 (self-paced all week)
What you will learn
After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Understand the concept of change management and identify opportunities to create organizational coherence in the midst of change
- Apply effective strategies to create organizational value through change
- Explore ways that an organization can prime itself for change processes, including empowering change ambassadors and engaging change obstructors
- Recognize and name resistance as it emerges in the context of change management and build clear strategies for working with the conservative impulse
- Choose appropriate channels for downloading information, consulting with relevant parties, and getting input
- Examine the decision-making mechanisms and need for involvement in decision-making at play in the organization, and adjust as needed
- Draw on models and tools taught in the course to construct appropriate vision or visioning process in an organizational context
- Define organizational culture and demonstrate how it can help or hinder change
- Understand how built-in cognitive biases can either help or hinder the successful design and roll-out of your change strategy
- Learn cutting-edge "nudge" methodologies to drive behaviour change more effectively
- Learn tools to constructively implement both rapid and more extensive change processes
- Adapt the concept of evaluation to developmental evaluation to better address how one learns and adjusts along the way in times of change
How you will learn and be evaluated
- Prepare to spend 6–10 hours per week on coursework
- Plan for advance reading
- Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
- Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments
You will be evaluated on:
- Participation in online discussions
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.