- HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Change Management: Leading Change When Business Is Good: An Interview with Samuel J. Palmisano
- The Heart of Change: “Build the Guiding Team”
Strategies for Change
Week 3: “Leading Change When Business Is Good”
If your ship was sinking, it would be easy to inspire everyone to pitch in to try to create change. After all, their lives depend on quick action. However, when the sun is shining and everyone is relaxing on the deck with a good novel, it’s far more difficult to inspire them to put their books down and spring into action. So what can you do to lure your employees away from the sun and a good read to come help you facilitate change– when it likely looks to everyone else that things are perfectly good just the way they are?
Initial Post Instructions
Read “Leading Change When Business Is Good: An Interview with Samuel J. Palmisano” then think of a time in your professional life when everything seemed to be going very well. Identify one thing during that time that you could have improved from good to great. Identify the values present in your situation. Now how could you have used the five steps to successfully implement the change required to go from good to great? Explain what you would do in each step. In your opinion, are these five steps important? Why or why not? What role does communication play in these five steps? Use and cite a minimum of three scholarly references beyond the texts used in the course to defend your reasoning.
Follow Up Posts
After your initial post, read over the items posted by your peers and your instructor. Select at least two different posts, and address the following items in your responses:
i. Try to find a peer response whose views are opposite or different than yours. Explain how your views differ and offer research or examples to respectfully support your opinion.
ii. Try to find a peer response whose views are the same as yours. What additional insights or arguments can you add to support their opinion?