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Crafting a Successful Change Plan


Change swirls all around us today, driven by new circumstances such as climate change, globalization, social media, resource shortages, demographics, clashes of culture, etc..  No one of us can avoid adapting to these changing circumstances.  This adaptation is particularly challenging for organizations, where people who have to work together cohesively as a team, usually in the face of growing competition and uncertainty.  These days, anybody who wants to succeed as a leader or move into a new role knows that the ability to successfully bring about change is both essential and a critical success factor.

 While change is an all-embracing and sometimes rather fuzzy concept, there are ways of breaking down the change process into discrete sequential steps, and the literature provides us with several ways of ordering our thinking that are most likely to lead to success. An adaptation of one of the simplest and easiest change plan approaches to follow will be explored in detail, along with illustrations of each step from the real-world experience of the speakers. You'll not only be guided through the stages, but have an opportunity to interface with the speakers.  You will also receive a simple one-page "how-to" template which you will be able to use as a guide and reminder after the webinar.

Date:   TBA

Time: 12 noon to 1:15 pm

This is a 75 min. interactive presentation.

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  • Reflect on the nature of what is driving change and conditioning change plans
  • Clarify your thinking about plans for carrying out change
  • Learn how change plans can be crafted to give the maximum chance of success
  • Obtain feedback on the challenges you may be facing
  • Receive a “how-to” template which you can use in your own work environment

Presentation overview

This presentation will cover the following topics:


Introduction of the speakers, learning objectives and the session outline.

Participant issues and questions

A short poll of the webinar participants to ensure the relevance of the presentations and ensuing discussion.

The drivers of change

Those pressures coming from the broader environment or within organizations that are driving change, and form the context within which successful change plans must be orchestrated.

A model change plan

Exploration of an eight phase framework for crafting a change plan, with a discussion of each step and illustrations of the importance of each element.

Questions and discussion

A session in which participants can ask questions and discuss particular challenges they may be facing.


Chris Cooper, M.A., B.A., C.M.C., Adm.a, C.H.R.P.

Chris has over 30 years experience consulting in organizational change management and development, with a Masters in Anthropology and Archaeology from Cambridge University.  His professional career includes extensive work in the public and para-public sectors, not-for-profit organizations, and the primary and service sectors: he has been particularly active in processes aimed at the clarification of strategic organizational and community goals, the restructuring and transformation of organizations for greater focus and productivity, executive coaching, and related communications and human-resource activities.  Chris teaches at the McGill School for Continuing studies, and researches and publishes on the origins of management literature in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.  A founding member of the Montréal Financial Sustainability Initiative, a board member of the Québec Association for Lifelong Learning, and a former municipal mayor, Chris is also co-founder of Beneficial Organizations Inc,

Mary Larson, B.A., MBA.

Mary has over 30 years experience working with business and not-for-profit leaders and boards, helping them define their visions and strategies, and then creating the senior team alignment and discipline that leads to successful implementation.  Her work encompasses executive coaching with C-suite executives, strategic alignment and leadership development programs / interventions. Mary has worked with clients across North and South America, Europe and Asia, and has been a partner with Mitchell Madison Group, Monitor Group and A.T. Kearney.  She also held senior executive positions with McDonald’s Corporation, Alcan and Culinar. Mary began her career with the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Co. She has lectured on strategy in the MBA programs of Queens and McGill.  American by birth, she has lived in Montreal since 1980. Mary received her BA from Princeton and MBA from Stanford GSB. She has served on the boards of the Montreal Metropolitan YMCA, L’Opéra de Montréal and Action Against Hunger and co-founded the International Women’s Forum in Canada.  She is a founding member and serves on the Board of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative, and is the co-founder of Beneficial Organizations Inc.

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