Summer Studies in Change Management

Change is afoot at Williams.  In the fall, work on the college’s first long term strategic plan will begin in earnest, a plan that will set in motion a close examination of what we do, how we do it, and our ultimate aims as an institution.  Meanwhile, the college finds itself responding to changes not of its own making: political, cultural, technological, and generational. If ever there was a time when we needed to learn more about how to successfully plan and implement change, this is it.   Luckily for us, over the last decades, experts have been advancing research in the field of change management.  

Change management is “the discipline that guides how we prepare, equip and support individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organizational success and outcomes.”  This summer, the Office of Human Resources will provide a variety of ways for you to learn and apply the techniques of Change Management.  Faculty and staff are welcome to register for any or all of these offerings:  

  • Lunchtime presentations of the key insights from some of the most popular books on change management, with discussion questions aimed at how they can be applied at Williams.  And the best part is, you don’t need to read the books to attend!
  • An email subscription to short essays on change management, reinforcing and illustrating the material from these books, and
  • A peer consultation group for those who are working to initiate specific changes

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  • Lunchtime presentations of the key insights from some of the most popular books on change management, with discussion questions aimed at how they can be applied at Williams.  Don't worry, you don’t need to read the books to attend!

    All programs are from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the HR Conference Room.


    Leading Change by John P. Kotter
    facilitated by Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    Registration required, register here.

    First published in 1988, and named one of Time.com’s 25 Most Influential Business Management Books, Leading Change provides an eight-step process for managing change that has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe.  From “Establishing a Sense of Urgency” to “Anchoring New Approaches in the Culture”, Kotter lays down a challenging gauntlet of essential tasks for leaders that want real change from their people and want it to last.


    Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William and Susan Bridges
    facilitated by Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager
    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    Registration required, register here.

    First published in 1991, Bridges’ book focuses on the human side of change.  In the end, the only change that leaders can make is through other people, and we ignore their needs, hopes, and fears at our peril.  Bridges’ model focuses on the importance in understanding what change means for people, the inevitable good byes that it entails, and the space of possibility and uncertainty that must be crossed before people are willing to embrace new roles and commit to new ways of working.

     


    Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
    facilitated by Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager
    Thursday, August 8, 2019
    Registration required, register here!

    The Heath brothers apply psychological research to come to grips with the challenges of implementing change and light the path for creating lasting change.  Illustrated by inspiring stories of people creating big changes against all odds, the Switch model is based on appealing to both the rational and non-rational components of our nature, and at the same time shaping the environment around people to nudge them towards change.  Of all the books in the series, the witty contrarianism and inspiring stories in Switch make this one a page turner.


    Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks by Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D.
    facilitated by Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager
    Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    Registration required, register here!

    While all of the other books in this series focus on how you can influence others, this book keeps its focus squarely on you, the change agent.  Using its “head, heart, and hands” model, a unique online assessment helps you to identify your strengths and limitations as a change agent, suggests new skills for you to practice, and helps you partner with the colleagues that can best complement your style.


    Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success by Britt Andreatta, Ph.D.
    facilitated by Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager
    Wednesday, August 28, 2019
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    HR Conference Room
    Registration required, register here!

    Andreatta brings together cutting edge research in neuroscience and applies it to change.  By taking a good hard look at the ways that we instinctively resist change, she designs strategies change leaders can use so that our natural wiring facilitates rather than blocks change.

  • In microdoses of less than 500 words, you’ll receive nuggets from Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager, on the theory and practice of change management about twice a week. The micro-essays will be tailored to the application of change management in the culture of higher education and will include questions for reflection that will further your growth as a change leader.  Click here to subscribe!

  • The most common positive comment in evaluations for HR’s professional development programs is “I got a chance to talk to others across Williams that are facing the same challenges.”  Now for the first time we’re making that the explicit goal of a program. If you’re leading a change at Williams, and you’d like the opportunity to talk through the challenges with colleagues, this group is for you.  Facilitated and supported by Kevin Thomas, Learning & Development Manager, this group will include opportunities for you to benefit from others’ experience and wisdom and, just as importantly, share your own. If you're interested, complete the form below, and we’ll develop the schedule, meeting frequency, and format that best meets everyone’s needs.