Reject the Assumptions preventing the Change that You Want
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Reject the Assumptions preventing the Change that You Want

Take the first step in becoming a Change Leader – drop the baggage of inward thinking
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Created by Dr. Ross Wirth
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Discover the Essentials of Organizational Change (the 3 things you Have To Do Right)
  • Develop your personal Philosophy of Change (What you believe about change and how that drives possible success)
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  • 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.

What do you believe about organizational change?  Why do you believe that?  Are you right?

Does your organization work well together?  Or are there conflicts with people working at cross purposes?  Are you keeping up with competition?  Or falling behind?  How do you know what needs fixing and how to do it?

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 course is an introduction to organizational and personal change, preparing a foundation to go deeper into how individuals and organizations change.  It also 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.  

Rooting out assumptions-in-use is not always easy and takes some work.  This effort is like someone telling you to “get outside the box” when all you know is what is inside that box – there is no outside.  To overcome this difficulty, be sure to use the worksheet that leads you through the process of discovering what you already believe about organizational change and how your beliefs are likely to affect the choices you make when designing and implementing a change project.

Are you ready to Confront Your Assumptions and Improve Your Results?

Enroll now! to overcome the beliefs holding you back 

Who is the target audience?
  • Managers planning and implementing change projects using past experience without questioning the assumptions they are making.
  • People who have had success leading change initiatives and understand why they believe what they do about planning and leading change will find the content in this course unnecessary for their growth in understanding how to lead organizational change.
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Curriculum For This Course
Getting started as a Change Leader
8 Lectures 59:21

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.  

Note that I try to check in with students at least once a day, more often if there are active student discussions.  In the event I am traveling and without an internet connection, I may miss a day or so.   

Preview 09:19

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.

Preview 03:14

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.

Preview 10:39

This article provides a very brief overview of organizational change with an emphasis on moving theory to practice and two recurring themes for success. 

Introduction to Organizational Change

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.

* Introducing a Philosophy of Change

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 PDF 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.  

Crafting your personal Philosophy of Change - an Application of Learning

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. 

* Key Drivers for Successful Organizational Change

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.

Bonus Lecture: Knowing What You Don't Know
About the Instructor
Dr. Ross Wirth
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Consultant & Professor - The Org-Change Doctor

Dr. Ross Wirth develops online courses and consults in the areas of organizational change and strategic leadership. Previously, he served as the Dean of the College of Business and Program Chair for Business Administration at Franklin University. Earlier, Dr. Wirth worked 32 years in international oil and gas where he served in many management positions, often involved in strategic & operational planning, business development, performance management, and organizational change initiatives. Over his career, functional leadership spanned IT, retail & wholesale marketing, supply & logistics, corporate planning, and human resources.

Dr. Wirth earned an MBA from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Science with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University.


     I help managers & business owners      
          - achieve performance results
          - that are strategically focused & aligned       
          - by providing strategic leadership &
            organizational change resources     
          - in a DIY, easy to learn & apply format.