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Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives

  • Date

    August 29, 2022

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    2 consecutive days

  • Format

    On Campus

  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    August 22, 2022

A man draws a process on a transparent board.

Examine change management strategies and turn innovative ideas into roadmaps for action.

What You'll Learn

Change initiatives are the vehicles by which strategy is delivered. They represent the most significant dimension in determining whether goals and objectives are achieved.

In this highly interactive two-day program, you’ll delve into the nature of change, why change is important, and why so many of these initiatives fail. Through a sequence of presentations, classroom exercises, cases, and group discussions, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the links between culture, change management, and innovation. With proven frameworks and tools for launching, leading, and realizing value from successful change initiatives, you’ll be able to contribute at a higher level to your organization’s performance and success.

Program Benefits

  • Drive enduring positive change in your organization
  • Develop a culture and operational processes that enable innovation
  • Improve return on investment in and value creation through change management
  • Launch the right initiatives at the right time and for the right reasons
  • Jumpstart your next change initiative with an action plan
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Designing, developing, and deploying innovation
  • Using projects as engines of change
  • Choosing the best strategy and tactics for different types of change
  • Profiling and identifying change agents to prepare your organization for the challenge of change
  • Aligning stakeholders behind your vision
  • Understanding and overcoming the pervasive resistance to change
  • Building trust—and maintaining it
  • Maximizing opportunity and realizing value throughout a change initiative
  • Addressing problems early—and knowing when to pull the plug

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for managers who lead or participate in change initiatives for their organizations. Leadership skills developed in this program will benefit for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies alike. Teams are encouraged to attend, as they will return with shared concepts and strategies that improve teamwork and enhance the learning impact across the organization.

August Schedule

Day 1
• Resistance Management
• Great Enablers for Leading Successful Change Initiatives
• Case Discussion

Day 2
• The Trust Prescription for Innovation and Change
• Preparing People and Organizations for the Challenge of Change

*This schedule is subject to change.


  • PDP Instructor David Shore

    David A. Shore

    David is a recognized authority on innovation, managing change initiatives, strategic planning, and gaining competitive advantage. He serves as a lecturer at Harvard Extension School. Previously, he spent 20 years at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he served as associate dean.

Certificates of Leadership Excellence

The Certificates of Leadership Excellence (CLE) are designed for leaders with the desire to enhance their business acumen, challenge current thinking, and expand their leadership skills.

This program is one of several CLE qualifying programs. Register today and get started earning your certificate.

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