Managing Organizational Transitions

Change happens: everyday, all the time, everywhere. How do you adjust? First, you have to say good-bye to the old. Before you can step into the change that has come your way, you have to shut the door on the way things were before the change. Then comes the period of time where you have to figure out what this change means to you. What will your new situation look like? How will this new boss act? How do I get to the bathroom in the middle of the night in my new home? How will I best use this new software? During this time, you feel slow and unproductive. In understanding the transition from the old way to the new way, there are many questions that have to be answered. This is a time of inquiry and investigation, a time of learning.

Finally, after a while, you begin to settle in. You develop new routines. You learn your way around your new boss, your new home, your new software, your new co-workers - whatever new thing change might have brought you. From this point you can ramp up and begin once again running at your full potential. This workshop can help you learn how to identify the signs that indicate that you or others are going through transition and be able to determine in which phase they are in of the transition process.

Endings - feelings of sadness, anger, denial, resentment, fear, anxiety, loss, betrayal, abandonment — emotions often labeled as negative, but fairly predictable and normal when people are grappling with the Ending. Even with positive change there are endings and losses to deal with.

Neutral Zone - feelings of confusion, disorientation, apathy, feeling lost, disconnected, impatient. Often people complain about a lack of leadership. People wander off, literally by quitting, or they show up but really are not working. Decisions are not made, or made when they shouldn’t be, only to give people a sense of movement or action. This is also a time of creativity and reinvention.

New Beginnings - feelings of feeling settled, completion, satisfaction, energized, excited, vigorous, renewed. At a minimum people feel okay with the change but there may be a profound sense of commitment. This New Beginning is quite different from the start of the change. It is when the organization and individuals have finally arrived, and the gains intended with the change actually start to materialize and can be garnered.

The Managing Organizational Transitions workshop will teach participants how to help their team navigate through significant changes. It is designed to help you understand your experience and learn the personal survival skills needed in times of constant change. The program also provides the knowledge and skills required to renew people's creativity and commitment so that you and your team can implement change successfully.

Training Outcomes

  • Describe the critical difference between managing change and facilitating transition
  • Identify where people are located in the three-phase transition process and learn to coach them to effectively manage their transitions
  • Create and implement effective strategies to:
  • Help others manage endings and losses
  • Lead others through the Neutral Zone
  • Support and reinforce New Beginnings
  • Prepare to have one-on-one coaching conversations to identify where people are in their transition process and help them move along toward the New Beginning

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Managing Organizational Transitions

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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
NNU Campus