I joined the Executive Diploma in Organisational Change because I was looking for a better way to lead major projects and fight my own complacency. As HR Director at Vertiv, I was part of many local and global change projects. Warwick Business School was an obvious choice for me because its MBA is highly-ranked by the Financial Times.
The course included live study in London (The Shard), with a diverse cohort from various sectors. We met multiple times and had fun over coffee breaks and dinner, while learning from each-other. From my peers, I discovered that there is so much that the private sector can learn from the charity sector on mobilising others.
I appreciated that the course content was anchored in the latest research in change, and that our teachers helped us to ground the concepts in day-to-day practice (themselves having deep experience with various organisations).
Some of the topics I studied included:
- How to mobilise large groups of people: I always struggled into getting engagement and having new initiatives prioritised, when people need to take care of their day-to-day work. During this part of the Diploma I learned how to make this happen, by creating a strong sense of urgency/excitement around a big opportunity, working with Guiding Coalitions and many others
- Put strategy into context: We all use this word a lot, but what does it mean and how does it make a difference? This part of the module helped us understand companies from “the outside”. E.g. what is unique about them and what makes successful mergers and acquisitions?
- Expanding my influence and work through others: This part of the course focused on having a better understanding of the political landscape (to ensure support for your projects), learning to use and develop your own influencing skills (and a few frameworks), but also something completely new – how to use Nudges to drive healthy behaviours.
- Organisational storytelling: I realised in this part of the course how much I underestimated the value of true, two-way communication. Learning how to build communication plans to include listening to others and integrating their ideas, how to use metaphors and symbols and how these improve engagement.
Looking back, I started applying the concepts in the day-to-day work since the first month of the course, with noticeable results. I can say that this is the most significant study I have done so far, as it has had a direct impact in my day-to-day performance.