Managing change successfully requires effectively balancing soft and hard skills, often in emotionally trying and technically challenging circumstances. Change management is a process which, when applied properly, is self-reinforcing and can be the start of ongoing improvement and learning for an organization. When applied incorrectly, it can vary from a waste of time to utter disaster.
The objective is to speed up the implementation of change initiatives to unlock energy for and resistance to change, and to better understand how to treat the deployment of change management as a change to be managed and how to embrace change.
It will enable managers to create an own change management road map, to better understand the personal response to change and to develop strategies for helping others through change
There will be four focus areas of change management looked at, which will help to deal with change initiatives more effectively.
- What are the main challenges of change?
Why do the majority of change initiatives fail?
- Eight steps of change management (ref. John Kotter)
- Create a sense of urgency (potential threats, scenarios)
- Form a powerful coalition
- Create a vision for change (value, direction, et. al.)
- Communicate the vision
- Empower and remove obstacles
- Create short-term wins
- Consolidate gains
- Anchor the change
- Change curve and the role of the manager
MIRIAM MAGNER FLYNN
Miriam Magner-Flynn is the founder and CEO of Career Decisions www.careerdecisions.ie . Over the past 23 years she has grown the company into one of Ireland’s leading Transition, Coaching & Talent Development Firms providing a nationwide service from offices in Dublin and Limerick.
Miriam has led the design, delivery and project management of some of Ireland’s largest change, restructuring and downsizing projects. Her focus is on helping leaders and organisations to adapt, transform and re-invent themselves. Miriam’s extensive expertise has been harnessed to inform the development of leading edge and highly successful Change Programmes for client organisations such as Enterprise Ireland, Coillte, IBRC, IBEC, Accbank, Rabobank, Danske Bank, NAMA , County &City Enterprise Boards/Local Enterprise Offices , Diageo, Thomson Reuter, Dell, EMC, Intel, Michelin.
Yvonne Clancy is the Executive Director, Human Resources for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Global Operations. In this role Yvonne sits on both the Global Operations and Global HR Leadership teams, directing an international HR Business Partner model which supports 800 staff across four Manufacturing sites in North America and two sites in Ireland.
Prior to joining Alexion in March 2015, Yvonne held a number of strategic HR leadership roles primarily in the financial services industry in Ireland, Europe and the US – developing higher performing organizations through the effective leadership and project management of strategic HR, organizational transformation and change management programs. Immediately prior to joining Alexion, Yvonne led a three year organization transformation and change project for Ibec.
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