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Leading Change – Take the first step in becoming a Change Leader
Too many change initiatives fail or unnecessarily hurt the employees involved.  If only the Change Leaders would have done things differently, we can only guess how much better the results would have been.  There has to be a better way - There Is.
Take your first step toward becoming a Change Agent
 – Leading change in yourself, 
    your organization, and 
    the world.

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 and some people work 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 online 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 six videos (51 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).


"Looking back over 20 years working in multiple organizations, I can easily concur with Dr. Wirth that the simplicity of organizational change lies within the three essentials of change he mentioned. 'Simplicity' of change is mentioned because the change process can be simple when, paraphrasing Dr. Wirth, if essentials are ignored, you risk ineffective change, knowing what to communicate, waste of time, and unnecessary resistance. When you see attempts at making change in different organizations over a 20 year period a pattern develops and this pattern of success and failure is what I see that concurs with everything Dr. Wirth mentioned. Great video!!"
Eric J.
"Reject the Assumptions holding back the Change that You Desire" - Enroll now to Get Started

(4 video lectures + 2 supporting documents)  

Understanding what you believe about organizational change allows you to consider how you can improve your approach to managing change. 

This introductory course will also help you identify what you need to know (that you may not know you need to know). 

No prior knowledge or experience is required before taking this course.  However, prior experience living through (or second hand knowledge of) an organizational change initiative will be beneficial when completing the Change Philosophy Worksheet.

This online course is designed for people who may have been exposed to organizational change before (on the receiving end), but have not had the opportunity (responsibility and weight) of leading a change initiative. 

Lecture 1 - Welcome & Introduction
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.  

Lecture 2 - 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.

Lecture 3 - 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.

Lecture 4 - 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. 

Lecture 5 - Introducing a Change Philosophy 
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.

Lecture 6 - Crafting Your Change Philosophy (an Application of Learning)
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.  
Lecture 7 - 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. 

Lecture 8 - Knowing What You Don't 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.