Yesterday, Diana Durek and HRDQ-U hosted a free webinar entitled, Leading Others Through Change. Durek is a leadership development specialist with an emphasis on emotional intelligence and personal change. She spent 11 years with a leading, global psychological test publisher. There, she worked with clients as diverse as the U.S. Air Force, American Express, and Air Canada, building evidence-based models for predicting individual and organizational performance. Durek holds an M.S. in Organization Development from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Over 770 people registered to participate in this webinar. If you missed it, click here.
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Change is here to stay. That’s probably no secret to you. For years, we have all heard that the “only constant is change.” Change is present in every aspect of your life and has become the norm in all organizations. The frequency and pace at which leaders must ask employees to change course or adapt to new systems and initiatives continues to accelerate.
The agenda for the session was as follows:
- Understand why change initiatives fail and how to ensure their success.
- Implement a framework to actively lead change efforts.
- Plan for the success of future change through close evaluation of the current initiative.
The session started with an audience poll. “What are your views about change?”
Some of the replies were: uncertainty, newness, learning experience, skeptical, fear, opportunities, transition, and resistance.
We all tend to say that we do not like change, but that is not entirely true. If people really disliked change, they would never marry, have children, move to a new home, start a new job and so on. So, as scary as change may be, it is inevitable and we have to change the ways our brains are wired to accept that fact.
So what often causes change efforts to fail?
- Need for change is unclear
- Complacency overcomes urgency
- Resistance is unexpected and mismanaged
- Communication is limited
- Lack of commitment throughout the organization
- Lack of accurate and comprehensive information
What helps change efforts to succeed?
- Clear vision
- Leadership support and involvement
- Employee contribution and buy-in
- Alignment with organizational goals/values
- Excellent communication
With all that in mind, you need to learn how to ACT.
Activate the Change Create a Plan Transition the Change
When you ACT to lead through change, you clarify and align the vision and goals, determine readiness, establish a sense of urgency and establish a communication plan.
For a deeper understanding into change and the Three-Phase Model for success, click here. In viewing the recorded webinar, you will get much more detail into the emotional brain, resistance to change, and how to gather and analyze data.
Leading Others Through Change is available as classroom training program, and as a self-study e-learning program. It is part of the Reproducible Training Library, a full suite of unlimited-use content that’s downloadable, customizable, and reproducible. Easy to edit in both Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files, this training solution is an affordable, one-time purchase and yours to reproduce as needed. There is also a discount on this program for all attendees of the webinar!