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Leading Organizational Change
Change is inevitable, and we don't seem to be very good at dealing with it. Join us in this introduction to leading organizational change as we explore three ways to think about it. The first is the “Rational View”, which says that change leadership has three parts: recognition, redirection, and execution. Do those things well, and you’re good. However, we all know it’s not that simple. Anytime people are involved, things can get complicated. The second is the “Natural View” of leading change. This involves ideas that explore how essentially passive forces like how we think, organizational culture, routines, professional influence, and incentives affect people’s behavior, and can make change much more difficult to implement, especially if leaders don’t pay attention to them. The third category of thought on leading change is the “Political View”. These perspectives emphasize the ways in which successful change leadership often require political activity to persuade people to accept a new goal for the organization or new ways of doing things. Our purpose here is to introduce some basic ideas about change that you’ll find useful, and help increase your chances of successfully leading change in your organizations and teams.