Topic: Why Should They Care: Steps to Anticipate and Overcome the Resistance to Change?
Date: March 19, 2015
Time: Location: Portland Country Club, Falmouth, ME
Speaker: Eric Kulikowski
Change is present and it is a constant. Over 85% of companies today report they are working on moderate to significant change initiatives. Amazingly, nearly 80% of those change initiatives will fail to meet their defined objectives. The discriminating difference between success and failure with process, technology or culture change comes down to the level and quality of leadership engagement. Yes … leadership engagement.
To transition from vision to visible results, engaging leaders take the steps required to ensure team members understand why the change is necessary, how it will impact the company and employees, and what will and won’t be done to make the change successful. They also ensure the team members’ inputs, opinions and concerns are heard and considered. By leading from the WHY and the HOW, leaders can avoid the ambiguity that enables employee resistance.
One can affect change regardless of where they sit in the organization. It doesn’t all have to come from the executives. Engaging leaders help employees grasp why they should care. And this discussion will explore a four-element model to make that possible.
- Describe a sequence of four steps to truly engage employees in change
- Learn several common reasons why employees reject or resist change
- Grasp communication techniques used by leaders to effectively introduce change
- Provide tools to more highly engage, enable and empower their team members to make sustainable change possible
Since his days studying Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton, Eric Kulikowski has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence. The successes he has enabled have been built on a platform of employee engagement, cultural significance and change leadership.
In his role as a senior Operations leader for Philips Respironics, Eric equipped and inspired a highly engaged team to become a world-class operation and the region’s employer of choice. A daily focus on quality, cost, delivery, safety and morale was the backbone of success. Industry Week Magazine and Assembly Magazine independently recognized his two western Pennsylvania assembly plants as being the best factories in North America in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
As a professional coach, speaker and author within his business Dare to be Amazing, Eric inspires and equips leaders and business owners to make change possible. Businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals engage Eric because they want to discover proven ways to eliminate the chaos that frustrates them so they can focus on business growth rather than just survival.
Eric is a Professional member of the National Speakers Association and the International Coaches Federation.