Change & Engagement – Free Resources and Tools

Change treeChange is hard. But it doesn’t need to be impossible or painful.

Leaders struggle with change, but there are a few tricks of the trade that make any change initiative easier. One of those tricks is engagement. People are much more likely to adapt to change when they feel involved and invested in the process and the outcomes.

Browse our articles below to learn more about engaging employees and leading change. You can find more articles about change and engagement on our blog.

Learn About Change & Engagement

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The Road to Successful Change is Lined with Tradeoffs

Becoming a Change Leader Change 101, Layoffs, and Learning: A Look at First Allmerica Financial’s Life Division Inc LogoRestructure This: Why Shuffling Your Org Chart Won’t Bring Real Change Logo

Informal Networks Linked to Success of Change Initiatives

Energizing a Weary Workforce Change Capacity Survey Success Factors for Lasting Change
The OD PractitionerLessons from the Field: Applying Complex Adaptive Systems Theory to Organization Change What is Leadership: Practical Tips from Three Local Leaders The OD PractitionerOD Gets Wired

You might also enjoy this great blog post, Ten Ways to Get People to Change, by Morten T. Hansen for the Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Free Activities & Tools

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Ready to test your skills? Try these two learning cases to build your change skills.

  • Your Turn: Who Should be the Next CEO? – In this 1-page case study, Jerry is retiring and needs to decide who he will groom to be his successor. Who will you choose to be the next CEO? Partnering Resources Learning Case.
  • Your Turn: Did the Change Work? – In this 1-page case study, the new Executive Director of a nonprofit organization needs to decide how well his change initiatives have been implemented and what his next steps should be. What would you do if you were in his shoes? Partnering Resources Learning Case.
  • Your Turn: Who’s at Risk? – It’s your turn to make the decision. In this 1-page case study, a nonprofit organization needs to find the rising stars among its volunteer pool and identify who’s at risk for being over-burdened. You have the volunteer structure and the volunteers’ work patterns. Who do you think is at risk? Partnering Resources Learning Case.
  • Speed Coaching – Need to get people energized and connected quickly? Speed coaching is the way to do it! This fast-paced, interactive activity helps launch any meeting or deepen any group’s relationships through a structured, fun, speed coaching format. This is one of our favorite activities and, with our easy guide, you can run it yourself in your organization. Free Resource.
  • Cascading Goals System – A powerful tool that organizations use to create alignment up, down and across the company. In addition to creating alignment, cascading goals also help identify extraneous activities so they can be retired; identify measures that track mission-critical activities; and create intense focus on what’s really important. Free Resource.

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