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Strategic Change Leadership

Strategic Change Leadership

Excel at Organizing, Influencing and Managing Change

For any number of reasons – from adding a new sales process or a new department, to going paperless or going public – companies face change. Whether change is initiated by you or your organization, strategic leadership skills are needed to rally others in support of its implementation and successfully manage and accomplish the change.

Strategic Change Leadership

This online change leadership course focuses on change management, the strategic planning and processes involved, and the way workforces can be aligned and motivated to meet deadlines and goals. You’ll explore concepts and theories of organizational behavior and how to leverage them to your advantage. And you’ll learn how to create interdependence among employees, resolve conflicts, structure groups for teamwork and communicate the company’s vision.

What You’ll Learn

Capitalizing on Individual Differences to Maximize Results

  • Ways to leverage an individual’s cognitive abilities, personality and job experience
  • Strategies for effectively assigning jobs or creating value through job reengineering
  • How bias and filters shape organizational and individual thinking

Evaluating Employee Performance

  • How to measure performance based on expectations, goal setting and self-efficacy
  • Methods for valuing outcomes through reinforcement and need theories
  • Effective ways to use horizontal or vertical job enlargement as motivation
  • Strategies for defining responsibilities and identifying room for improvement
  • What to consider when using pay for performance

Effective Leadership and Creative Problem Solving

  • How bounded rationality limits decision-making capabilities
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different leadership models
  • What path-goal theory reveals about leadership behavior
  • Ways to improve the motivation and cohesiveness of teams
  • Best practices for managing conflict, divergence and interdependence
  • Contingency models and the link between leadership style and situational control

Managing Job Satisfaction and Stress

  • How employee stress and lack of job satisfaction can affect the workplace
  • The impact of physical and social environments, disposition, tasks and roles
  • Ways to improve employee satisfaction through job redesign, role analysis and skills training

Perspectives on Work Design

  • Efficiency: Improvements via methods engineering and work measurement
  • Motivational: Inspiration through horizontal and vertical job enlargement
  • Enrichment: Applying the Hackman-Oldham model and socio-technical design
  • Quality: Process management and the impact of quality circles

Organization Structure, Interdependence and Role Relationships

  • Pooled, sequential, reciprocal and comprehensive organizational variations
  • The effects of conformity, revolution, subversion and creative individualism
  • How to form groups by function or workflow
  • Types of organizational structure and contingency models
  • The importance of interdependence and role relationships

Culture, Change and Organizational Values

  • What it means to manage culture
  • The effect of organizational values on change
  • Ways to develop inventions and action research
  • What to do when tensions rise
  • International impacts on organizational behavior

Understanding Change Management

  • What constitutes effective change leadership
  • How to develop a leadership strategy and leadership courage
  • Ways to deal with processes and evolutionary change

Implementing Organizational Changes

  • How to effectively communicate your organization’s vision
  • Ways to explain the reasons and timing for change
  • Opportunistic change, time pacing and growth stage
  • How to establish and provide directions for change
  • Ways to overcome resistance to change

Managing Change

  • How to establish and work with goals
  • Practical ways to deal with others in the change process
  • What you should know about S-curves and contingency approaches
  • How and when to ground change

Credit & Tuition

ACE credit recommendation 3 semester hours in the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category.  Register today and earn 3.5 CEUs for $1,980.   

Who Should Register?

This eight-week course is for aspiring and current managers, team leaders, company executives and anyone who wants to add value to their company and career by managing change. It provides critical insights into change management and the leadership attributes necessary to initiate and execute change successfully.