Change Management


Ioan Carpus

Ioan Carpus is Managing Partner at Six Paths Consulting. Ioan’s focus is innovation, with over six years experience of applying Blue Ocean Strategy in various sectors and industries across Europe, Asia and Africa.

Some of his recent projects include clients such as Heineken, AstraZeneca, Merck, Goodrich, Eurocontrol, Keygene and Unicredit, to name just a few.

Prior to this, Ioan was Senior Fellow at Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, an advisory body to the Malaysian government. In this position Ioan has worked directly with Prof. W. Chan Kim, the author of Blue Ocean Strategy on innovative development strategies.

Ioan has an MBA from INSEAD (France / Singapore) and an LLB from the Al. I. Cuza University (Romania). He is a Blue Ocean Strategy certified practitioner by the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute.

Today’s business environment is changing continuously and at a faster rate. Either we talk about new initiatives, new projects or new technologies the way we work is changing all the time.

However, be it a small process change or a system-wide organizational change, people feel uneasy and intimidated, many times resisting to change. After all, the proverbial saying “the only persons who like change are babies” couldn’t be more relevant.

So what do you do when you have to drive change in your organization? How do you go about it? Where do you start? How do you deal with different type of people? How do you deal yourself with going through change?

Course duration: 2 days
Target group: top and middle management, public sector, NGOs

Workshop objectives

 Acquire concrete techniques and develop constructive behaviours to manage change and transitions in a proactive and engaging way
 Learn about the role of leadership and leadership styles in relation to change, what is change management – drivers and barriers to change
 Learn practical frameworks and tools for structuring change initiatives, such as the 8-Step Change Management Process and Stakeholders Communication Strategy

Workshop format

The 2-day workshop will have 4 working sessions each, containing:
 Interactive sessions of questions and answers
 Introduction to various change management concepts and frameworks
 Case studies (including video cases) from a selection of industries
 Interactive exercises based on change management frameworks
 Group presentations and debrief
 Key learning points (“how can I apply this in my organisation?”)


1.1.1 Day 1

09:00 – 10:30
Session 1: Introductions and objective setting
 Welcome and introduction of the participants
o Method: the Four Drawings visual introductions
 Overview of planning and exchange on objectives and expectations
o Method: group discussions followed by presentations

[Coffee break]

11:00 – 12:30
Session 2: Change and leadership styles
 What changes are you facing with your teams?
o Exercise: What should be the role of a leader during change? (do’s & dont’s)
 Leadership styles

[Lunch break]

13:30 – 15:00
Session 3: Managing change
 What is change management?
 Drivers and barriers to change
 The 8-step process of successful change
 Set the stage
o Step 1: Create a sense of urgency
o Step 2: Pull together the guiding team
o Exercise

[Coffee break]

15:30 – 17:00
Session 4: Managing change (continued)
 Decide what to do
o Step 3: Develop the change vision and strategy
 Make it happen
o Step 4: Communicate for understanding and buy-in
o Exercise

1.1.2 Day 2

09:00 – 10:30
Session 1: Managing change (continued)
 Make it happen (cont.)
o Step 5: Empower others to act
o Step 6: Produce short-term wins
o Exercise

[Coffee break]

11:00 – 12:30
Session 2: Managing change (continued)
 Make it happen (cont.)
o Step 7: Don’t let up
o Step 8: Make it stick - create a new culture
o Exercise

[Lunch break]

13:30 – 15:00
Session 3: Managing transition
 Emotional stages in the change process
 Exercise: How should you manage transitions?
 Managing transition action plan

[Coffee break]

15:30 – 17:00
Session 4: Stakeholders Communication Strategy
 Stakeholder Analysis
o Strategies for Managing Stakeholders
o Communicate with impact
 Conclusions and next steps

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