Design Change for Success

Uncover hidden risks using visual design techniques

Engage Busy Stakeholders in Change

Get everyone on the same page using intuitive visual models

Simplify Change Communication

Break down complex change into simple models

We Can Help You

DESIGN YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

DESIGN YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

through advice, consulting and equipping you with change design tools and templates

ACTIVELY LEARN HOW TO ENGAGE PEOPLE IN CREATING SUCCESSFUL CHANGE

ACTIVELY LEARN HOW TO ENGAGE PEOPLE IN CREATING SUCCESSFUL CHANGE

through innovative and practical online professional education that combines flexible scheduling and interactivity with your peers and instructor

INCREASE STAFF ABILITY TO INNOVATE & CHANGE

INCREASE STAFF ABILITY TO INNOVATE & CHANGE

through customized private education integrated into ongoing change initiatives

EQUIP YOUR STAFF ON THE JOB

EQUIP YOUR STAFF ON THE JOB

through a combination of online learning and coached real-life assignments drawn from their current working environment.

IDENTIFY CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS FOR YOUR CHANGE

IDENTIFY CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS FOR YOUR CHANGE

through executive briefings tailored to your organizational context

LEAD SUCCESSFUL CHANGE

LEAD SUCCESSFUL CHANGE

through personalized coaching during the design and implementation of change

Learning

Cohort Learning

Broaden your perspective by learning with others and enrich the learning experience

Interactive Activities

Discussions, collaborative activities, peer review and instructor guidance keep you energized and motivated

Flexible Scheduling

Participate at any time of day to fit your unique schedule

Online Access

Access and participate in the learning activities over the internet from anywhere in the world

Practical assignments

Practise using the tools and methods you learn and gain valuable feedback from your peers and instructor

Growing Alumni Community

Stay in touch with your cohort and other alumni and continue to share your insights

Courses

CMC Ontario’s Strategic Change by Design Certificate

In partnership with the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario, this professional certificate consists of 3 modules for a total of 50 hours.

CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS FOR STRATEGIC CHANGE

DEFINING & ASSESSING A CHANGE OPPORTUNITY

SCOPING A CHANGE INITIATIVE

Each module is eligible for ACMP, CIPS, CPA, CPHR, PMI professional development points

Client Testimonials

Recommend this course! I took this module in late 2016 and the lessons still resonate into my work…’

Lyn

Lyn McDonell CMC

Lyn McDonell CMC

AWESOME! What a great NEW way of looking at an old problem! I came away with fresh ideas and practical tools…’

Renee

Renee Bergeron

This is the first change workshop I have attended that brings it all together for a consulting professional…

Dominique

Dominique Dennery CMC

Dominique Dennery CMC

About the Change Design Institute

INNOVATIVE LEARNING
Drawing on recent research in cognition and multimedia learning our courses create a practical learning environment. A combination of short reading, video, case studies, reflection, discussion, evaluated assignments and Q&A with live instructors enables students to assimilate and practise new knowledge and skills.

LEADING EDGE RESEARCH
All our education and tools are grounded in leading edge research on change, knowledge co-creation and visual communication. Our visual tools and methods are developed and continuously refined through rigorous action research and ongoing evaluation in client engagements. We participate in academic and industry conferences around the world.

PRACTICAL ADVICE AND COACHING
We give consulting advice that is grounded in our research and tailored to your specific organizational situation. Our consulting is hands on and geared towards equipping you to start immediately applying what you have learned, We focus our coaching to help you overcome your current challenges in your environment.

INSPIRING COMMUNITY
more soon...

WHY THE CHANGE DESIGN INSTITUTE


THE INSPIRATION
Transformation and disruption is happening everywhere and many people in organizations seem to be tossed by the waves of disruption or buried by waves of less than successful change. It all started with a Saturday morning coffee with a group of young professionals discussing how could they be equipped to harness and ride the waves of change, enjoy a purposeful job and grow into highly successful change implementers. We launched a pilot that deliberately experimented with violating some of the traditional adult education norms at the request of our learners. Together we reflected on everyone's learning experience, refined our approach and launched a second pilot the following year. To our surprise most of our learners this time were seasoned professionals looking for a fresh approach to design and implement change in their own or their clients' organizations. By this time I was well into the research for my PhD and we merged some of this research into the learning. There is so much learn and so much yet to be discovered about how to implement change more successfully and with less stress. We are inspired by everyone who wants to come on this learning and discovery journey with us.

THE PURPOSE
We want to inspire you with the belief that change in organizations can be more successful and less stressful, maybe even exciting and fulfilling! We want to equip you with knowledge and tools to act on that belief. We want to help you along your way in applying the knowledge and using the tools. We want you to become experts in designing and implementing change. And we want to help you develop the mindset and the skill to continuously innovate, learn and tailor how you work with others to bring about successful change in your organizations.

Our Team

We are building a diverse, networked and highly accomplished team that wants you to succeed

Louise A Harris – Founder

Louise A Harris – Founder

I enjoy change – as long as I know what is going on. If my husband decides to rearrange the kitchen while I am out I am not happy. I can’t find half of what I need and since I have no insight into the logic behind the new layout I can’t easily figure it out. I need to know why and I need to determine if I think there is any benefit. If I don’t see the value I am grumpy.  In this respect I think I am very similar to most people on the planet. I may be more highly motivated to experiment and change things in my life than others who prefer stability, but we all need to believe in the value of change in order to commit to it. Especially if the change is initiated by someone else.

I have been facilitating, leading or enabling change my entire career. I have experienced wonderful change successes and been a part of disheartening multi-million dollar change failures. In 2016 I decided to take some time out for graduate studies so that I could focus my time and energy on learning and practical research. My goal is to develop intuitive tools that could help individuals and organizations break out of the often quoted 70% change failure statistic. It has been an amazing and very stretching journey, with lots of change along the way and more to come after I complete the PhD in 2020. I have had fantastic academic supervisors who have guided me through the overwhelming volume of  academic research. I have discovered new and insightful theories and ideas that can be practically applied for enabling successful change.

My goal is to share the insights I am discovering and extend the visual tools I have been developing and using over the past decade. I want to equip leaders and managers to engage all impacted stakeholders in collaboratively figuring out why, what and how the organization should change. My dream is that in using intuitive tools, together with new and well-tested insights, many organizations will beat the 70% change failure statistic. I believe it is possible that well-designed change can be less stressful and more beneficial for all involved and maybe even fun and exciting for those who embrace the opportunity.

Louise A Harris, CMC, CCMP, PhD Candidate

I would love to hear from you if our goals and vision resonate with you. We would like to jointly discover how to equip you for more successful change.
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James Grieve – Founding Network Partner

James Grieve – Founding Network Partner

In my consulting practice, I work with a diverse group of clients from a variety of industries.  Their challenges range in scope and complexity, and the value that I bring to them is to remove the blind spots in their business by systemizing their strategies from ideas to implementation.  Throughout this process, there is one common denominator – change.

Strategic change design is an innovative skillset that requires empathy, understanding, perspective, creativity, unity of purpose, and intention to be most effective and impactful. Leveraging experience, research, and best practices for execution enables me to develop a whole-systems approach that takes into consideration the needs of stakeholders in ways that creates and captures value, differentiates my clients’ businesses from their competition, and creates meaningful and lasting changes that are directly tied to what my client and their customers’ value.

I find it very rewarding to collaborate with my clients to apply proven change design approaches to: address their challenges, discover areas of opportunity, plan, test and validate new processes and systems, and measure results that leave the organizations better than we found them.

James Grieve CMC, CCXP, MBA

I would be happy to share with you my experience participating in the practical learning offerings and discuss how we can help equip you to achieve successful change outcomes.
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