Course Topics

Change Management :The Psychology of Change

Course Overview

Organisational change continues to be one of the biggest organisational challenges. Considerable time and energy is dedicated to helping organisations through the process of change, yet still many find the process difficult and the results unpredictable. Drawing on exciting new ways of understanding organisations and achieving organisational change, this course enhances your ability to both make sense of change and to achieve positive outcomes during change. Working from the base of your own change challenge, this course explores different organisational change models and their associated practice, giving you the opportunity to assess their relevance and usefulness to your particular situation.

Who will benefit from attending this Training?

All business people and employees who are involved in the process of change.

Course Programme

Getting Started

  • Establish change challenge groups and working together

Mapping the terrain

  • Explore the terrain of organisational change
  • Key concepts and definitions
  • Meta frame for theories of change
  • Modernist and post-modernist organisational forms
  • The relationship between organisational theory and change practice

The organisation as a Machine

  • Taylorism and planned change
  • Scientific management and organisational engineering : an examination of Taylorism and its continuing relevance today
  • Planned change models and recipes for success from Lewin to Kotter

People in change

  • The application of a psychological understanding of people during change, moving on from resistance to change as an unhelpful label.

Organisations as systems of circular logic

  • Senge, his insights and understanding

Change as an emergent process

  • Organisations as complex adaptive systems, an exploration of what is understanding of the organisational form means for organisational members and leaders during change
  • Social constructionist views of organisation, how they enhance our understanding of the change process and allow different understanding of effective action
  • Organisations as living human systems – appreciative inquiry
  • Open space technologies – a brief introduction to this exciting and effective change process

Post-Modernist perspectives

  • Change through talk
  • A map of organisational change situations and change methodologies
Personal Development
  • Action planning - the essential next steps
  • Continuous professional development - what next?
By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Apropriate change approaches for different change situations
  • Advise on how to maximise the chances of success in different situations
  • Perceive the relationship between concept of organisational change and change interventions
  • Understand people’s behaviour during change from different psychological perspectives
  • Understand why planned change is pervasive, attractive and often ineffective
  • Offer alternative ways to you organisation to approach change
  • Return to your organisation with fresh ideas on your particular change challenge
Training Methodology

The training process is based on a carefully planned mix of succinct tutor input - with practical illustration of tools and concepts, group work on case studies (all video based - and lively), feedback, and selective work on individual issues in pairs. Team involvement and working enable a strategy to be created from start to finish. The Training is based on the 4 mat systems to enable complete learning. There will also be some opportunity for role play. You will receive an electronic toolkit within the material for subsequent everyday use.

We can come to you !

Did you know Synergy can come to you and deliver this workshop ‘In Company’ at your own venue or location. If you have three or more people who you would like to benefit from attending this workshop our trainer can travel to you and deliver the same specification of course for your staff at a fraction of the overall cost.

If you’d like to know more about this option email us at  – our operations team manages all of our ‘In Company’ events and we can talk you though the logistics, pricing and whether you’d like the workshop as advertised here or something tailor made just for your business.

We have several packages on offer so contact us today.

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Being actively committed to CPD may in the future:
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  • Showcase your achievements, attributes and your brand
  • Accelerate your career prospects
  • Deliver job satisfaction: ensuring you are Career focused
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