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 Workshop 7

Beyond the Misery of Change Management: Getting Change Leadership Right 

Presenters: John B. McGuire, Center for Creative Leadership, and Charles J. Palus, Center for Creative Leadership
Coordinator: Christina Norris-Watts, Macquarie Group Limited
Target Audience: All levels of experience
The most important challenges we face today are interdependent—they can only be solved by groups of people working collaboratively across boundaries. After three decades, the management of change continues to underperform with high rates of failure. We propose that an interdependent form of change leadership is required to significantly improve the probability of successful change efforts, and an interdependent leadership culture is required to sustain them over time. We offer an evolving view of leadership as a social process that produces outcomes of direction, alignment, and commitment (DAC) and we advocate for the creation of leadership in an interdependent world. In this workshop, participants will experience the frameworks and tools of the four arts of interdependent leadership in service of change.
As a result of attending this session participants will be able to:
  • Summarize the key components of change leadership
  • Identify the type of leadership culture required by their organization’s challenges and strategies
  • Apply  the  interdependent leadership framework to organizational realities
  • List  practical tools for enabling change leadership
  • Describe the different change challenges at societal, organizational, group, and individual levels
John B. McGuire has over three decades of business and organizational experience that has led to the core belief that most organizations require transformational leadership today in order to face the rising complexity unfolding in all our tomorrows. At the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), he specializes in organizational leadership to drive business results and founded CCL’s transformation practice centered on change leadership that transforms both leadership beliefs and practices. His use of applied research has advanced the development of methods and tools that increase the probability of success in change through interdependent leadership cultures. As founder of CCL’s Leadership Culture Transformation practice, he guides executive teams through the process of building interdependent leadership capability. John’s publications include the book Transforming Your Leadership Culture (Jossey-Bass), the chapter Developing Interdependent Leadership (Harvard Business School/Sage, The Handbook for Teaching Leadership), and articles in Harvard Business Review, CEO Magazine, Forbes.com, The Washington Post, and Leadership Quarterly. John holds Masters Degrees from Harvard and Brandeis Universities.
Charles J. Palus is a senior faculty member in Research, Innovation & Product Development at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). He conducts research on interdependent leadership and creates new knowledge and innovations for the Center’s organization leadership development practice. He has been widely published on leadership including articles and chapters for the CCL Handbook of Leadership Development, the CCL Handbook of Coaching, HBS Handbook for Teaching Leadership, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Consulting Psychology Journal, and Change Handbook. He is co-author of the award-winning book The Leader’s Edge: Six Creative Competencies for Navigating Complex Challenges and co-inventor of the Visual Explorer™ and the Leadership Metaphor Explorer™, tools for facilitating creative dialogue. He has designed and facilitated numerous programs including Leading Creatively Program, Facing and Solving Complex Challenges, and Action Learning Leadership Process™. Prior to coming to CCL, he was a research engineer for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, an instructor and designer for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and taught social psychology at Boston College. He received his BS degree in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and his PhD degree in developmental psychology from Boston College.