Successfully leading through change and uncertainty
What you'll learn
- Offer strong leadership during challenging situations of organisational change
- Create and maintain strong relationships with the people affected by the change
- Use the intelligence and energy of the whole unit or organisation to help with the change
- Create hope and optimism in the face of uncertainty
- Work with emergency and discovery in VUCA situations
- Use the STICC process for sense-making in unfolding situations
- Maintain pro-activity and agency in volatile and ambiguous situations
- Maintain their integrity and authenticity in challenging and complex situations
- Minimise the risks of resistance to change or lack of buy-in to change
- Apply seven principles of leadership during VUCA change
- A current or forthcoming leadership position will enhance the relevance of this course
- An interest in the challenges of leading through change
- An interest in the psychology of organisations, people and change
If you want to learn how to continue to lead effectively during organisational change, then this is the course for you. This course will help leaders faced with conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) to be effective leaders. In this course, you will learn seven steps to ensure you are an effective leader in these increasingly frequent VUCA situations. The course involves watching video drama and lectures and also includes:
- Learner notes and exercises for each section to enhance and consolidate learning
- A short quiz at the end to check learning
- Downloadable resources and web link
- Video populated with written captions to emphasise key learning points.
By studying this course, you will learn:
- About the changing demands of leadership in a 21st century VUCA world
- Why the established models of ‘managing change’ are no longer effective
- About the style of leadership needed to lead through change and uncertainty
- How to overcome the challenges of resistance to change and getting buy-in
- How to create and maintain a strong leadership position when the future is uncertain
- The importance of maintaining a strong people focus during change, and how to do that
- How to maintain engagement and motivation during complex adaptive change
- How to use sense-making processes to maintain flexibility in fast-changing situations
- How to engage the whole organisation or team in the change challenge
- Specific leadership techniques to deal with ever-changing situations
- How to maintain leadership authenticity and integrity in volatile situations
- Seven key principles to guide leadership behaviour as situations unfold.
Learning how to lead effectively through change can benefit you professionally, as doing this well is one of the biggest challenges leaders face. It is estimated that 70% of change efforts in organisations fail. Don't let yours be one of them.
Leadership is a complex, judgemental, psychological task. I am a chartered organisational psychologist with over 25 years' experience working with organisations and leaders going through change. I know the theory and have witnessed the practice. I have selected the best of both to speed your learning journey in this complex area. By the end of this course, you will be better equipped to lead through change with confidence and skill.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for leaders who need to lead others through change.
- It is particularly relevant for situations of VUCA change where the end destination is less than crystal clear.
- This course is for leaders interested in modern approaches to leading through change.
- This course is relevant for new leaders.
- This course is relevant for leaders seeking alternatives to traditional 'planned change' or 'managing change' approaches.
- This course is relevant to leaders wishing to minimise resistance to change.
- This course is relevant to leaders looking to achieve early 'buy-in' to change.
- This course is relevant to leaders unsure of how to offer leadership in uncertain times.
- This course is for leaders looking for answers about what to do, how to behave, what to focus on, to create active and engaged followership.
- This course is not for leaders looking for guidance on 'command and control' leadership.
- This course is not for leaders looking for a guidance on Prince2 and other project-planning approaches to change.
- This course is for leaders seeking to understand more of the psychology of organisations, people and change.
- This course is for leaders interested in the application of positive psychology to change in organisations.
- This course is for leaders interested in learning about co-creative, dialogue approaches to change such as Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and World Cafe.
At Skill Boosters we work with leading subject matter experts to design, develop and deliver effective video based training for the workplace. We are passionate about delivering impactful training which helps to build productive, tolerant and inclusive individuals, teams and workplaces and which improves lives and life chances.
Our courses combine video drama, expert analysis, documentary sequences and interactive study to provide flexible, cost-effective training that engages, informs and inspires our learners.
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Initially a social worker, Sarah built her expertise in helping people change their ways of thinking and behaviour by working in child protection. Since then she has worked for over 20 years with organizations from production and service sectors as well as with higher education, not-for-profit and local and central government. A chartered psychologist, Sarah is an experienced facilitator with special expertise in creating individually designed large or whole system interventions based on Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and other key collaborative transformation methodologies. She works in the areas of socio-technical system implementation, team development, whole system change and organisational development. She helps organizations to address their issues, meet their challenges and achieve their desires in areas of organisational life such as performance, change, strategy, relationships, morale, engagement and motivation, working together, process improvement, leadership, co-ordination, and effectiveness. She is often asked to help when things are ‘stuck’ or dysfunctional at a team, organisational or individual level, yet is equally able to help make good better.
She is the author ‘Positive Psychology at Work’ and ‘Positive Psychology and Change’ and lead author of ‘Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management’. She is a recognised expert in these areas and speaks regularly at National and International Conferences.