Bridging the gap from theory to application, Kotter’s 4-day Change Leader Intensive Program helps leaders create the conditions for successful change and supports their on-the-job efforts to successfully effect change. This multi-day program, led by a Kotter master practitioner, deepens participants understanding of how organizations can more effectively lead through change. The program includes customized content connected to business strategy and incorporates change content from our suite of standard courses. Below is an overview of the program content:
The Science of Change
Participants will learn about the rates and causes of failure for change in organizations and explore the essential elements of successful change. Kotter’s research-based The 8 Steps for Leading Change and The 4 Core Change Principles will be explored in depth. Participants will learn implementation practices and explore cultural change tactics for use in executing change in organizations.
Driving True Urgency
We discuss Complacency vs. False Urgency vs. True Urgency, how to distinguish between the three, and how to handle each situation. Participants will learn four tactics to increase and drive true urgency. Groups work on an action plan to generate true urgency that addresses their real-life change. They will explore the strategies behind discovering leadership opportunities in a world bogged down by management. Finally, participants learn how to help colleagues shift from theory to application and practice using pragmatic tools to lead and support change.
Buy-in and Advancing Ideas
Participants will receive an overview of why Buy-in is important to any successful change initiative. They will practice dealing with challenges they will likely encounter when trying to gain buy-in for the change or idea. Each group will be provided with scenarios to work through and create a plan to deal with particular challenges.
Focusing on the right opportunities/wins is critical to any successful change. Participants will get instruction and practice with celebrating wins and generating a virtuous circle that leads to successful results. Using a case study, small groups will be tasked with identifying and proposing “wins” they would promote – how will these wins contribute to the overall opportunity for the business case?
Practicing high-impact internal consulting (e.g., measurement and rapid prototyping)
The cohort will spend this time augmenting their change roadmap individually and in groups. They will explore pivots on real-time change challenges through case studies and real-life scenarios.
As a result of this experience, participants will: