Presentations on Managing and Leading Change
The theme of Change is Scott Simmerman's most requested speaking topic and he has delivered
presentations and keynotes on Managing and Leading Change throughout the United States and
in more than 30 countries since 1993. In doing so, he uses his Square Wheels® illustrations
to interactively engage and involve participants while giving them real tools they can use
post-session with their people for addressing the many issues around change.
Often titled "Teaching The Caterpillar to Fly,"
provides an engaging, interactive session using his illustrations. We might use the concept of “mud” for
example, to discuss the things that bog people down and prevent individual and organizational progress.
Participants will find the presentation humorous, insightful and involving as the illustrations
open the flow of communications for defining scenarios, sharing ideas and gaining important perspective.
During his presentation, he might share a simple story of two caterpillars sitting on a rolling
wagon watching a butterfly float by. One caterpillar turns to the other and says,
"You'll never get me up in one of those things!"
Discussions of the meaning of the story will surprise everyone, since it reveals a number
of key learning points and becomes a graphic and memorable illustration of issues about
transformation. Scott finds that people will get one answer to this joke / story – he has 22!
The issue is that people stop thinking about possibilities once they know The Answer, a real
limiting reality when thinking about ideas for change.
Change is about grabbing onto a vision and managing the issues of discomfort with peer
support and some successful experiences. Feeling your efforts are supported by others is
essential for managing successful personal change and growth – few want to go it alone…
The focus of Scott's presentation is generally positioned on organizational change, with
content linked to improvement strategies and the generation of peer support. These presentations
can also build in some innovation and information processing themes to allow for group generation
and filtering of issues and opportunities.
There are a variety of tools that can be used for such facilitation. Overall, his approach is
grounded in useful and practical tools and group exercises to stimulate thinking and participation.
As in all of Scott's presentations, participants use handouts as thinking tools – they can take
these back to the workplace for sharing ideas and perspective. Our goal is to help managers
paint better pictures of what possibilities exist.
The above illustration is called Mentoring (or Coaching) and is about
creating an attractive
vision of what we can become.
Time Frame and Pricing
Scott's program on Change can be a 90-minute session or can be part of a half or full day
workshop. It can be structured as a management development program, a facilitation teaching
skills workshop for managers and team leaders or a session for intact workgroups.
The approach works with individual tabletops as well as hundreds of people in large ballrooms;
it is most unique in that way.
Session pricing depends on the nature of the group, the amount of travel involved and the
amount of desired customization. You will find Scott's presentations to be very memorable,
inspiring, practical and fun. Most of all, these materials are actionable – specific strategies
for implementation and change can be incorporated into the workshop design.
Scott has been actively involved in organizational improvement and change initiatives since 1978.
"We cannot become what we want to be
by remaining what we are."