Leading a Change Initiative
Learn and apply the essential skills and techniques necessary to become one of the successful 30% in leading change initiatives within your organization.

Course Information

Start Date: On-Demand

Format: Online

Cost: $349

It is no secret that organizations that demonstrate flexibility and a willingness to embrace change can better sustain competitive advantage in both the short and long term. Today’s leaders must demonstrate the requisite abilities necessary to identify and lead successful change initiatives. An adaptable leader will enable their organizations to not only survive but thrive.

In today’s ever-changing business environment, the rationale for embracing change is obvious: Without doing things differently, companies will most likely fail. Many change efforts are driven by the need to survive as an organization, the desire to be better positioned in the eyes of stakeholders, or the opportunity to take advantage of new tools or processes. However, the brutal reality is about 70% of all change initiatives fail. So what are the factors that enable successful change initiatives versus unsuccessful ones? How can you, as a leader, drive lasting, successful change within your organization?

In this self-paced, 3-hour digital workshop you’ll learn to apply the essential skills and techniques necessary to become one of the successful 30% in leading change initiatives within your organization.

Performance Objectives

By the end of this digital workshop, participants will have the skills necessary to:

  1. Frame and outline change initiatives within their organizations for both survive-state problems and thrive-state opportunities.
  2. Adjust their approach to leading change for stakeholders with different change adoption rates.
  3. Identify and remove friction elements necessary to change adoption.
  4. Implement choice architecture and nudges as drivers that foster positive change behaviors.



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Who Should Attend

With flexible time commitments and practical real-world activities, this workshop is designed for managers and leaders at all organizational levels who are currently responsible for leading teams or team meetings. Current managerial professionals will benefit most from this program’s performance-focused design, granting participants a clear line of sight and step-by-step instructions for applying the learnings from this workshop directly into their day-to-day.

Digital Badge

Participants who successfully complete this workshop earn a USC Marshall digital credential recognizing their ability to apply the embedded skills in real world environments, and are able to showcase the credential in online resumes and LinkedIn profiles
3 hours, self-paced.
Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure this course runs as described on this webpage. Sales for on-demand programs are final once a course has been launched. Refunds can be obtained for 100% of the program fee prior to launching a course.

USC Marshall Executive Education Applied Leadership Workshops are designed to equip working professionals with the essential skills and abilities necessary to lead today’s organizations.

Formatted as self-paced, performance-based modules, these workshops focus exclusively on one specific leadership skill and provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to apply that skill within their own organization.

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Teaching Methods

Online, Self-paced: Designed for current, working professionals, this program blends USC’s heritage of academic excellence with the flexibility of online asynchronous learning. Workshops include foundational learning content and best practices via video modules, articles, & podcasts, and reinforce new skills and abilities via practice activities and direct applications.

Program Faculty

Ken Perlman

Adjunct Professor of Management and Organization

Ken Perlman is a consultant, facilitator and presenter with 25 years’ experience consulting to executives and teams at Fortune 500 companies. Ken has built his expertise in leadership, change, program management, culture, organization design, communication, innovation, business process improvement and technology adoption. His clients include Levi Strauss & Co., Warner Bros., Kaiser Permanente, NetApp, Coty, Nordstrom, Southern California Edison, and Nestlé. Bringing in his experience implementing large IT systems like SAP, and with process improvement methodologies like Lean Six Sigma, Ken recognizes that leadership is the greatest single differentiator between high-performing organizations and those that that struggle. Ken earned his M.B.A. from USC and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he served as research assistant at the Kravis Leadership Institute.