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Leading Successful Change

Master the frameworks needed to introduce, implement and embed change into your organisation.

Upcoming Sessions
3 days

Leading Successful Change is designed to help you analyse the dynamics of the change process, understand different sources of resistance, and create change strategies that factor in the non-linear dynamics of a change process over time. You will explore your own specific change leadership style and challenges. You will also learn about managing competing commitments, an essential skill in today’s high-paced business environment where executives wear multiple hats. 

Specifically, the programme elevates your capabilities in five key areas:

Diagnosing your change skills

  • What is your personal approach to change management? What are your strengths and weaknesses
  • How vulnerable are you to common traps in leading change?
  • How good is your ability to motivate and inspire others?

Propelling Change

  • What are the dynamics of resistance to change?
  • How can you anticipate resistance and obstacles effectively?
  • How can you assess and manage different stakeholders in the change process?

Consolidate your learning & Creating an action plan

  • Understand your personal change leadership development areas and needed actions
  • Identify priorities for you to work on your change challenge
  • Concrete action plan to address those priorities

Initiating Change

  • What role do you, as a leader, play in the change process?
  • How can you help others see the need for change?
  • How can you inspire and influence people to engage with the change intellectually and emotionally?

Sustaining Change

  • Why do so many change initiatives that get off the ‘launchpad’ ultimately slide back and fail?
  • How can you build your networks and coalitions to help sustain change?
  • What are the keys to effective communication of change?
  • How do you manage the non-linear dynamics of change over time?

This programme also encompasses a robust coaching segment. You will participate in group coaching with a diverse cohort to broaden your views and complete an individual action plan with your coach to understand your leadership styles and decision-making processes during high-pressure situations. 

Change Initiative Requirements

Doing instead of thinking

An essential component of this programme is the opportunity to learn and perfect your change skills by doing instead of just thinking. Applicants must have at least one change initiative they would like to work on during the programme.

What are change initiatives?

Change initiatives are usually plans and actions to implement a transforming process in an organisation that could result in a change in the culture, systems and processes, human resources, logistics etc. Change initiatives come from all geographies, industries, and even career levels.

Common examples are:

  • Using Gen AI tools to support organisational processes and work 
  • Creating a company-wide culture of customer focus, digitalising a product or service
  • Setting up a new strategy and system in an overseas subsidiary – with a lot of pushback from local employees
  • Adopting a new organisational solution and making sure it's fully implemented
  • Motivating employees to accept changes in a continuously changing business nature
  • Facing the changes in employment/process/system due to taking over new markets or companies or being acquired by others.

Arriving with a change initiative, participants can contribute their unique experiences, personalise the tools to their situation, and leave with an action plan by the end of the programme.  This practical learning is possible by including a change simulation in the programme – a proprietary system called Change Pro Simulation.

Designed at INSEAD to create a risk-free learning environment, the Change Pro Simulation challenges participants to work through a 120-day change initiative in just a few hours. This ensures a practical learning experience and a high transference of lessons learned in the programme to real-life impact on your work and organisation. The personalised coaching complements the learning-by-doing to help prioritise critical actions related to the participants’ change agendas.