When challenges in your organization lead to a large scale transformational change, the size of the challenge can depend upon the scope of the change ahead. In order to prepare and pave the way for smooth sailing, some of the questions your institution may need to ask include:
- How many stakeholders it will affect?
- How many current processes need to change?
- What is the timeline to implement the change?
- Is there training involved?
The questions could go on and on.
Thankfully, there are answers on how to lead change, and to help it go smoothly in your organziation. In his eBook “Leading Institutional Change: Thinking, Planning and Enacting,” Dr. John Poirier takes on the biggest issues facing universities and colleges today. Unlike technical change which focuses on modifications to existing processes that can be implemented by a Project Manager, sweeping transformational changes require a Change Leader/Agent to help facilitate and manage the change across the organization.
What is the role of a Change Leader? This individual is empowered to ask questions, suggest new ideas and continually challenge the status quo. Who is the right person for this job? Although it might seem like an obvious and easy choice, such a role is rarely filled by senior leadership. As Dr Poirier points out, “The leadership required for adaptive change needs to come from those closest to the action.”
The Change Agent is responsible for initiating, implementing and facilitating the process(es) by identifying both the ramifications of external drivers as well as possible mitigation strategies to assist in the necessary transformation.
With a host of outside drivers affecting today’s colleges and universities -changing student demographics, income inequality, and the desire of both government and payers for results and accountability- Dr Poirier’s eBook could not be more timely.
Click below to read Dr. Poirier’s eBook “Leading Institutional Change: Thinking , Planning and Enacting”.