Course Highlights

This change management course for individual contributors will:

  • Provide an overview of the change process.
  • Offer techniques for preparing for change.
  • Review the spectrum of reactions to change.
  • Suggest ideas for managing transitions and their associated emotions.
  • Outline the ADOPT framework, a model for navigating change.
  • Highlight self-advocacy skills.

Course Overview

Few things are certain in work or life, but change is one of them. Navigating uncertain times requires flexibility, tenacity, and grit. This hands-on change management workshop covers the fundamentals for surviving and thriving during times of change. During this course, participants will learn about different types of change, the change cycle, the various roles people adopt when confronted with change, the ADOPT framework for navigating change, and self-advocacy skills.

Program Objectives

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Explain different types of change and the reactions people have to them.
  • Describe the change cycle and its fluid nature.
  • Explain the Explorer Model and the various roles people adopt when faced with change.
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges associated with each role.
  • Apply the ADOPT framework for navigating change.
  • Practice self-advocacy skills.

The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of participant materials prior to the session(s).

Workshop Outline

Change: What It Is, Why We Do It, and Why Some People Don’t Like It

This course begins with a discussion about different types of change (disruptive, incremental, strategic, and transformational) and how those changes affect those in their path. Next, we will talk about why change is essential to a thriving workplace and why some people resist it despite its necessity.

Wheels in Motion: The Change Cycle

From loss and doubt to acceptance and integration, people move in and out of phases as they confront change. This program segment introduces the change cycle and its non-linear nature. Furthermore, it suggests coping strategies for surviving (and even thriving) regardless of the phase.

From Captains to Anchors: The Human Reaction to Change

Building on the previous discussion, this next program module introduces the Explorer Model and the roles people typically adopt when confronted with change. Participants will have an opportunity to self-assess and discover their preferred approach. Next, we will identify the benefits and stretching opportunities associated with each archetype.  

ADOPT: A Guiding Framework

There are many frameworks to help change architects pilot the change process, but few to assist those not directly responsible for driving the change. In this part of the course, we will introduce the ADOPT framework for navigating transitions. The model focuses on tasks and feelings people often experience when faced with change and suggests practical strategies for managing both.

Speak Up: Self-Advocacy Skills for Surviving and Thriving in Change

Change can be a swirling storm, and it’s easy to feel like a leaf tossed about without the skills to effectively represent concerns, ideas, and viewpoints. Individual contributors have a crucial role in shaping the new landscape, and this is where self-advocacy comes in. We will explore five best practices for speaking up in this workshop segment.

Moving Right Along: Putting Together a Plan

In this final seminar segment, participants will identify the actions they plan to implement when they return to the workplace. 

At the program’s conclusion, participants will be better equipped to survive and thrive in times of change.