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Overcoming Barriers to Change

  • 10 Mar 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual - link in registration email
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ATD Greater Boston Presents:
Overcoming Barriers to Change

with Dana Henry

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Virtual event - link in registration email

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Leading organizational change requires many skills. Some of the more well-known skills are: Having a business case for change; Aligning Key Stakeholders; Communicating a compelling vision, and sustaining the change. However, one often overlooked skill set to successfully lead and implement change is to proactively overcome barriers to change. As a leader you must recognize that barriers to change can either be obstacles or objections. Obstacles to change are systemic organizational issues (policies, processes, etc.) that can prevent the change from being realized. Objections are personal issues that individuals raise about why they feel the change won’t work. Both types of barriers can halt change but require very different skills to overcome and sustain change. This session first introduces participants to a process to categorize barriers to change into these two groupings: Obstacles or Objections. Participants then learn how to apply two tools: The Prevention Checklist to overcome objections, and the Systemic Analyzer to remove obstacles.

Session Benefits:

  • Understand a proven process for implementing change
  • Proactively identify barriers to change
  • Learn an approach to overcoming personal objections to change
  • Define action steps to overcome systemic barriers to change

About the Speaker

Dana Henry has over 25 years of experience focused on the design, development, and implementation of competency-based leadership development systems and custom learning solutions. She has led strategic planning and prioritization with senior leaders, developed change management skill in middle managers, and built organizational bench strength through the development of emerging leaders. Prior to joining UMDI, Ms. Henry was leading the MassMutual enterprise wide Learning & Development function that supported the company's mission of ensuring a workforce that is more engaged and talented than their competitors. This position impacted the on-going development of all employees in MassMutual by providing learning and development resources programs at the executive, manager, and employee levels. Ms. Henry has presented on diverse organizational development topics at conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe and consulted across a wide variety of industries and organizations, including BOSE, Eli Lilly, Lucent, ABB, Cisco Systems, CIGNA, Pitney Bowes, the CIA, the State of Florida, the State of Alaska, and the United Nations.

Ms. Henry received her masters of business administration in management information systems and a bachelors of science in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also holds numerous professional certifications in management and team assessment techniques.

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