Help for managers leading dysfunctional organizations, facing daily pressure of conflict, missed deadlines, and budget shortfalls
The only thing constant in today’s world is constant change. However, many managers know very little about what drives successful change. To meet this need comes the “Guide to Organizational Change: Textbook 3.0” – what a textbook would be if invented with today’s technology – suitable as a college textbook while having immediate application to on-the-job demands for planning and implementing a change project.
Textbook 3.0 provides multi-media learning resources – what a textbook would be if invented with today’s technology. Within the virtual covers, you will find
Upon completion of this course, you will gain a broad understanding of organizational change. Specific learning objectives include:
WIP edition now available
Note that this course is a “work in process” – the full textbook skeleton is available with the full vision embodied in the Table of Contents. Due to the size of the effort and the need for some managers to dive deeper, students will find some textbook content organized into separate courses while gaining context within the textbook flow. Further, student feedback will drive development of this textbook – the greatest and most immediate student needs will drive new content prioritization.
Are you ready to take your leadership to the next level – bringing change to your organization?
Download the Table of Contents (TOC) that is attached.
About Dr. Ross Wirth, The Org-Change Doctor
Learning shortcuts if you are short of time.
There are a number of Application of Learning Projects throughout this textbook where students and managers can apply what they are learning to their work situation. However, this Case Study can be used by students lacking real-world situations for applying what they are learning.
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, there is a 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
The following lectures are available in a separate course:
1. Essentials for Successful Organizational Change [video]
2. Introduction to Organizational Change [pdf]
3. Philosophy of Change [video]
4. Application: Assumption Clarification Worksheet [video & worksheet]
5. The Key Drivers for Successful Organizational Change [pdf]
"Future Shock" was written over 40 years ago, but we are only starting to understand the concept with the constant change underway around the world.
What is getting between You and the Success You Want? Other people resisting what you want! That is what is holding you back. Are you taking out your frustrations at home? Or compensating by micro-managing the resistance you face?
Understand what is causing resistance – and Do Something About It! If you believe people will resist you – they will. Time to change your approach because conquering resistance is possible.
All organizational change projects have some resistance. However, the reasons behind resistance are very complex and often influenced by the change objective’s impact and how the change project is managed. Further, the people leading the change project are often the source of the resistance through their choice of leadership style and management actions.
Upon completion of this course, you will have a foundational understanding of why people resist change (many reasons are hidden) and what you can do to manage a successful change project (you want to avoid being a cause of resistance!). Topics covered in this course span the breadth of change management since mistakes in analysis, change visioning, planning, and implementation all provide fertile ground for resistance to develop and flourish. (The path to reducing resistance is possible, but does take some work. Do not attempt this if you are not willing to face the resistance you may be causing. You will only frustrate yourself further.)
Now, why don’t you do something about the resistance that is holding you back?
Not all change is the same – use the right change model for better results!
Many authors and instructors throw the term “Change Models” around freely, which often causes great confusion since there are many models, often with very different purposes and perspectives on the change process. This online course is an attempt to cut through the confusion with a classification scheme that ties the model choice to the purpose served in the change project. Further, by approaching model choice from a “purpose” perspective, the change leader can narrow the models to those most appropriate and avoid using a hammer when a screwdriver is needed.
Upon completion of this course, you will understand change model classifications and some of the models that are available for each classification. However, the value of knowing the change classification you face only comes from using that knowledge when designing and implementing a change project.
Do you understand your problem situation and which change model is needed?
The more you learn, the more you come to understand how much more you need to know. This video helps you understand where your learning pathway needs to take you.
The attached document has all the references used throughout this textbook. This document also provides an excellent resource for additional study.
As mentioned in the first chapter, this textbook is a Work-in-Progress, with the progress documented in the attached file.
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.
WHAT I DO:
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.