Understanding the First Principle for
Successful Organizational Transformation:
Change Occurs One Person at a Time
Prof. Bruce J. Avolio
The CLBO Leadership Lectures
Tuesday, 18th February 2020,
at Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, Lecture Hall (Hörsaal) HZ 10, 18.30h – 20.00h,
followed by a reception
To the degree the horizon for when the leaders of an organization perceive the need for their organization to change is longer then the time horizon dictated by their competitors, the probability of being able to change and sustain success is substantially reduced. It is therefore incumbent upon organizational leaders to match the evolution of change occurring in their external markets by promoting a continuous readiness for transformation. We begin our examination of organizational transformation with an assumption that all organizational leaders must remain vigilant to the ongoing need to evolve and transform, not when platforms are burning, but when they are just contemplating how to create those platforms. We also make a distinction between change efforts and transformation, with the latter representing fundamental change in how organizational members identify with and construe their roles in achieving and sustaining success in their organization. The ultimate goal for this presentation is to demonstrate the first principle of organizational transformation. Specifically, all employees must fundamentally alter how they each conceive of their organization, in order for their organization to achieve and sustain a successful transformation. We examined in a series of studies the 4 states that organizations navigate through to transform, and the key mechanisms comprising those states that promote a successful organizational transformation. Specific examples of how leaders have successfully navigated through change to transform their organization will be discussed and applied to the challenges facing attendee’s organizations.
Prof. Bruce J. Avolio was has published 12 books and over 150 articles on leadership and related areas. In 2018, Bruce was recognized as being among the top 70 most highly cited researchers in the United States in Economics and Business, and among the top 3,000 across all sciences around the globe (Thompson Reuters). He was listed this past year at the #18th spot on the all time most highly cited industrial and organizational psychology researchers over the last 100 years.
This event is organized by the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organization in the new annual Leadership Lectures series.
Participation in the event and following reception is free of charge. For registration, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is February 7th, 2020.