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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Welcome to the Leading and Managing People through Change MOOC. I am Dr. Julie Hodges, the lead educator. You will notice that the emphasis is about people– how we get people on board, and engaged with the change process. This is an area I’m very passionate about, because all too often the people involved in the process are overlooked. As part of my research, I often come across situations where the success of change depends on how engaged people are with it. So the aims of this MOOC, very much, are to help bring us all together to discuss and share ways to tackle some of the challenges associated with this.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds Through the three week duration, we’ll go from looking at what needs to be considered before embarking on a change, what can and what should happen during a change, and lastly, at the end of the process, thinking about how we can sustain it, how the change can be protected in a way where people won’t fall back into old ways of working.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds Change is a complex process and with many dimensions. In the time we have together, I do hope you’ll find this a useful starting point if you’re about to embark on an organisational change of your own, or are looking for support in influencing and developing a change that may already be underway.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds Throughout the course we’re lucky to have some insights from a number of change practitioners– Lindsey Agness, Steven Paterson, Cyril Lebel, and Kamales Lardi– all of whom combined have a wealth of experience to share with you. We also want to hear your views and experiences and hope that you will get involved in the discussion. One of the great strengths of the Future Learn Platform is its emphasis on social learning and the diversity represented by millions of learners worldwide. So I’m really looking forward to reading your comments and hearing your perspectives.

Welcome and introductions

Welcome to Leading and Managing People-Centred Change.

Meet Professor Julie Hodges, our lead educator for this course. In the video, Julie gives you an overview of this course, and how it’s structured.

The course features insights from a number of change practitioners - if you would like to find out more about our interviewees, short profiles can be downloaded at the bottom of this step.

The key book which supports this MOOC is Hodges, J. (2016) Managing and Leading People through Organizational Change: the theory and practice of sustaining change through people. London: Kogan Page

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Leading and Managing People-Centred Change

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