I’ll be hosting an afternoon breakout session, “Inside Influence: Leading Change from the Middle,” as part of SEAF Professional Development Day. The keynote speaker, Roger Schwarz, a world-renowned thought and technique leader in facilitation, will lead a session titled “The Facilitator’s Role in Leadership to Develop Team Performance.”
A common view of change is that it must start from the top of the organization. However, change is often instigated and led from pockets within an organization. In fact many roles, such as IT, engineering, project management, process improvement, strategic planning and internal HR/OD practitioners, require influencing other people in the organization to change the way they work. Since senior leaders can’t do all the work of change, managers and employees further down on the org chart are frequently tapped to take on change in addition to their day job.
In this breakout, we will explore the role of the internal change agent, with its risks, rewards, advantages and challenges. You will learn how to leverage the role and how to best influence organizational change without authority.