Practices and methodologies to improve the chances for successful change

There are indeed differences between successful and unsuccessful organizational change management efforts. A study of 237 change management and organization development projects revealed the differences between higher and lower impact projects. The findings corroborated other research that broadens the understanding of what improves the chances of successful change.

Other types of factors are also important - client readiness, accountability structure, expectations, scope and pace, hidden potential, and support features that sustain or institutionalize improvements once achieved.

Many examples exist of organizations that when faced with a crisis show dramatic bursts in performance that far exceed what they thought possible. By harnessing those “peak performance” factors and weaving them into a short-burst project design, teams can post significant gains incrementally, and use the first-hand experience to gain insight into what will be needed for the longer-term.

This program highlights three critical practices that characterize higher performing change projects. The session will also introduce a range of support factors that augment the chances of success by aligning the scope and pace of an intervention to an organization’s capacity to absorb change. In addition, the session will introduce two change methods - one a “short-burst” change methodology that delivers rapid results revealing insights into what will be needed for the longer-term; and one that shows how to release untapped organizational potential by tackling the obvious.


  • Defining successful change interventions
  • Identifying practices and key factors that increase the odds of conducting a successful change management effort
  • Designing short burst change projects
  • Showing how tackling the obvious can release untapped organizational potential

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will:

  • Identify the characteristics of successful and unsuccessful consulting practices
  • Match the scope and pace of an intervention to an organization’s capacity to absorb change.
  • Learn three practices that characterize results-based change management with potential sustainable results
  • Discover two change methodologies that deliver results in the short and long term
  • Uncover hidden factors that can impact a change or consulting project

This one day program is complemented by access to podcasts on change management consulting with Dr. Harlow Cohen and interactive real case studies.

Who Should Attend

Staff professionals responsible for facilitating change within an organization, but may not have the requisite authority or power to make it happen. These may include HR staff, OD practitioners and change agents, project or program managers, lean production coordinators, quality professionals, or internal/external consultants.

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Designing Successful Change Interventions - IN PERSON
In Person
Time (Eastern)
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Jul 18, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Case Western Reserve University
Course Fee(s)
One Day Seminar 2024 $895.00
Potential Discount(s)
  • Alumni
  • Nonprofit
  • WSOM Graduates 2024
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 11, 2024
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