Leadership, Influence and Change Management

A core focus of this fast-paced three-day program is influencing as a key leadership behavior that enables lasting change.

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Date: November 8-10, 2016

Location: Carnegie Bosch Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Fee: $4,100

Companies sending three or more participants, organizations with fewer than 500 employees, non-profits and the government sector receive a 10 percent discount. For questions, please contact the program coordinator at +1-412-268-7344 or cbi@andrew.cmu.edu.

The velocity of change in our business world today is at an unprecedented speed, impacting the dynamics of organizations and the people within them. Leading today’s organizations and agile teams requires mastering change management and guiding and influencing others, often without formal authority. Core focuses of this fast-paced three-day program are the complex dynamics of the human element and organizational culture in leadership change, and influencing as a key leadership behavior that enables lasting change. You will learn to:


  • Understand and capitalize on different influencing behaviors and styles
  • Understand the layers of organizational culture and the impact on leading change
  • Lead change initiatives that are structured and intentional, and effectively leverage change management processes and tools

The program applies new research on influencing types and its implications for leaders. You will be able to increase the success of change initiatives in your organization and lead more effectively through influencing.

  • Curriculum

    This three-day program focuses on the people factor and organizational culture in change management, influencing as a key leadership behavior that enables lasting change and taking a systematic approach to leading change initiatives. The following topics will be covered:

    • Influencing and leading across the organization, often without formal authority 
    • Organizational culture and change
    • Influencing styles and types
    • Change management models, processes and tools
    • Managing transitions and emotions of change

    Dynamic faculty sessions, group exercises and a computer-based simulation spark engaging class discussions. A self-assessment, organizational culture inventory tool and work in small groups increase the personal relevance of the material for each participant. With a variety of tools and resources to take back to the workplace, participants will immediately see greater success in leading change initiatives.

  • Participants

    Leadership, Influence, and Change Management is designed for executives and mid- to upper-level managers who want to add to their leadership toolbox and learn about personality types to more effectively lead in their organizations and in their teams. Recommended participants include those who:

    • Supervise departments or diverse teams
    • Lead complex projects or organizational change
    • Manage relationships between different functions and stakeholders
    • Hold or aspire to a key role in their operation
    • Professionals and teams from a wide variety of functional areas across the whole enterprise

    To maximize the impact of the program across your organization, we encourage cross-functional teams to participate. A 10% discount is available to companies sending three or more participants.

  • Faculty

    Damian Killen
    Founder and Managing Director, Thrive

    Damian Killen has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant to private, public and not-for-profit organizations around the globe. He harnesses his understanding of personality types to explore the best ways of: leading and influencing others, dealing with conflict, coping with change and creating high performing teams.

    Denise Rousseau
    H.J. Heinz II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Heinz College and Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University

    Dr. Rousseau teaches courses on evidence-based management and decision making. She is a faculty director for the Institute for Social Enterprise and Innovation at Carnegie Mellon
    University. She has served as president of the Academy of Management and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Dr. Rousseau is a two-time winner of the Academy of Management’s George Terry Award for best management book (I-Deals: Idiosyncratic Deals Workers Bargain for Themselves, 2006; Psychological Contracts in Organizations, 1996).

    Sylvia Vogt
    President, Carnegie Bosch Institute and Adjunct Professor of Management, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; Executive Coach

    Sylvia Vogt is passionate about enabling people and teams to collaborate and succeed in global business. Her focus is on leadership development, change management, leading innovation and the people dimension in international business.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Fee: The program fee of USD 4,100 per person covers tuition, course materials, and most meals. Companies sending three or more participants, organizations with fewer than 500 employees, non-profits, and the government sector receive a 10 percent discount.

    Accommodation: Rooms have been reserved at special seminar rates at a local hotel. Logistic details will be communicated to participants after registration. Cost of accommodation is not included in the program fee.

    Cancellation policy: For cancellations received more than four weeks before the program, the program fee will be fully refunded, less a $300 administrative fee. For cancellations received 14 to 27 days before the program, a 35 percent refund will be provided. For cancellations received less than 14 days before the program, no refunds will be given. Feasible substitutions may be an option at the discretion of Carnegie Bosch Institute.