Strategic Change Leadership

Do you get frustrated that organisational change doesn’t deliver results?
Would you like to understand why past change initiatives haven't worked?
Need to retain a strategic perspective on change?
Would you like to enhance your own impact as a change leader?

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The manner in which change is led is crucial for the success of organisational change. Good change leaders sell the vision, promote collective commitment and belief, ‘walk the talk’ and understand how to work effectively with the social and psychological responses to change. 

This course focuses on the capabilities and skills to lead change so that you have the best possible chance of delivering the results that matter.

Who should attend:

This programme is for all leaders:

  • who want to ensure that their change programme delivers on the results and benefits that were intended when the need for change was first identified
  • who are specifically tasked with leading change. That is, for bridging the gap between where their organisation is now and where it needs to be
  • faced with implementing significant change who want to improve their probability of success
  • who are in the middle of change and perplexed as to why the change isn’t working as well as they expected
  • who want to increase or accelerate the ability of their organisation or community to change more easily.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to maintain a focus on strategy and impact throughout the change
  • Understand the essential requirements, limits and possibilities for successful change leadership
  • Strengthen your overall change leadership capability so that you are better able to mobilise the confidence and commitment of others
  • Apply your existing talents for change leadership more effectively by making sure your strategy, leadership style and change approach are aligned
  • Develop a toolkit of quick tips and approaches for responding more effectively to the challenges of change
  • Appreciate the psychological drivers of influence and change and how you can harness these more powerfully to support the success of your change.

Course outline:

Day 1: 

Strategy, leadership and change

  • thinking strategically about change
  • strategy in the context of change
  • strategy derailers and what you can do about them
  • the critical leadership focus

The anatomy of a change leader

  • change leadership roles (facilitator, explorer, catalyst)
  • critical capabilities (building trust, inspiring action and inviting commitment)
  • role modelling (taking responsibility, being an advocate, being what you are asking of others)

Day 2:

The artful change process

  • understanding the strengths and limitations of your current change approach,
  • creating a change process to work effectively with the realities of your unique circumstances
  • the structure of influence

The psychology of change:

  • understanding the human dynamics of change
  • learning for change
  • creating readiness for change
  • working productively with ‘resistance’ to change.

 What will you get from the programme?

  • A clear understanding of the key drivers for sustaining the strategic impact of change
  • Smarter change leadership right from the start
  • The ability to identify and deal with the blind spots of change so that they don’t derail your success
  • The ability to inspire others to go above and beyond their job descriptions for the good of the change and the good of your organisation
  • Mobilise the desires, talents and abilities of others so that take charge of the change themselves
  • Greater success across the three key change success indicators – results, working relationships, and change capability

Course format:

A two-day workshop with a central focus on the being, thinking and doing requirements of strategic change leadership.

You will learn through stories, mini-lectures, self-reflection, small group exercises and group discussion and through applying simple tools and templates to understand and assess your world.

Ideally there are a number of participants from the same organisation so that you can so that you can take a shared understanding back into your organisation.


Lawrence Green

Further details:
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Customised workshops:
Victoria Professional and Executive Development are able to customise many of our workshops to meet specific individual or organisational requirements. Please contact us for further information.