Our Iceberg Is Melting – Change Leadership
Change is a constant. It always has been and change is accelerating almost exponentially in today’s ever faster business world. Change is also challenging, confusing, resisted and resented. Change leadership is a primary CEO responsibility. Any organisation not involved in an almost continuous process of change is just standing still as a prelude to sliding backwards, yet, in excess of 85% of change programmes fail to meet their objectives – resulting in frustration, huge costs, commercial decline and damaged staff morale.
Why? Because too many CEOs, lacking training in change management, attempt to ‘manage’ change rather than lead it. Successful change requires two driving forces. Great leadership and a proven, sequential, step by step process. If there is one man in the world of business that has made this process his speciality it is the Harvard Business Professor John Kotter. Author of numerous‘worthy books on the subject, Kotter’s bestselling fable of “Our Iceberg is Melting” takes the axiom of ‘stories sell; facts tell’ and blends them together in an engaging tale that brings life, understanding, simplicity and sanity to what are frequently daunting and complex challenges.
Through the medium of the fable and interactive exercises groups will work through the eight step process on their own change issue. They will learn the importance of creating a sense of urgency’: pulling together a change coalition: developing a vision and strategy: communicating the change vision: empowering employees for action: generating short term wins: consolidating gains and anchoring new culture.
Participants will learn the differences between ‘panic urgency’ and ‘real urgency’ and the action they, as leaders, must take to live the change process. How they cannot do it alone and how they need to involve all levels of their organisation. How ‘see- feel- change’ prevails over ‘analyse-think-change’.