3.06 Be a Leader, not a Magician: Strategies for Being at the Forefront of Workplace Change
Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center
Room: 332C

Have you experienced that day when your project was going great until you presented it at an all staff meeting and everything blew up? Strong leadership is a critical factor for successful workplace transformation, yet too often leaders who initially supported a workplace transformation may be prone to ‘disappearing’ or backing off when challenges inevitably arise. Leading through workplace transformation involves both key strategies as well as strong leadership capabilities. This interactive presentation will cover the 5 key elements necessary to stay at the forefront of workplace change, and how we can help our leaders be successful along the way. Strengthening key leadership capabilities as workplaces become more mobile will also be discussed, including the 14 key capabilities needed to lead in a distributed or agile workplace. We will answer the most pressing questions today: how do I know who my best leaders are? How do I help my other leaders improve? What do I do when staff start to complain about what is happening? What role do I need to play in accelerating the change? How do I help my leaders be successful? This presentation will involve sharing and discussing key best practices, critical evidence-based insights, and actionable opportunities for enhancing leaders’ role at the forefront of organizational change, and building their leadership effectiveness.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Understand the risks of leaders disappearing when challenges inherent in workplace changes arise.
Learn the 5 key elements leaders need to stay at the forefront of successful workplace change.
Explore the 14 capabilities for leading mobile workplaces, and how to develop leaders.
Discover practical habits leaders need as workplaces transform to distributed environments.
Levels of Learning
200 level
Topic Category:
Leadership and Strategy
Meredith Thatcher, IFMA Fellow, President, Thatcher Workplace Consulting
Dr. Laura Hambley, President and Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Work EvOHlution