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Overcoming Resistance to Change

Most people don’t enjoy being out of their comfort zone; they avoid the unexpected, and consciously or unconsciously resist being forced to change. People may even develop a myriad of explanations, justifications, or blinders to this resistance. Being an effective agent for organizational change requires understanding the reasons for resistance and the possible consequences, and championing effective strategies and techniques for addressing this resistance.

In this session, Peter Topping, Ph.D., will offer some insights into the application of psychology and human development concepts to the challenges of overcoming resistance to change garnered from his 30 years of expertise in executive development, consulting, and coaching.  Topics to be discussed are:

  1. The power of fear as a driver of human behavior
  2. Identifying psychological defense mechanisms
  3. Adapting leadership practices based upon the situation and followers’ needs



Peter Topping

Dr. Peter Topping is Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management at the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta. He teaches courses in Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Ethics across the School’s MBA programs, including the fulltime, Evening, and Executive MBA formats. Peter also has a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Peter has held several other international visiting faculty appointments, and an associate faculty appointment at Georgia State University.

Peter joined Goizueta in 1999 as Executive Director of Executive Education, and helped build that organization's reputation and world ranking in delivering customized executive programs for corporations. Peter’s executive education teaching expertise includes the areas of leadership, organizational change, strategic execution, high performance work teams, systems thinking, cross cultural management, collaborative negotiations and conflict management. He has received several teaching awards in the Executive MBA Programs at Goizueta Business School, including “Most Inspiring Educator” for three consecutive years.

Price: $10.00

Date: September 21, 2017

Available Spaces: 25

Diversity Management: Using Culture to Support a Large Scale Change Effort

In this interactive session with James O. Rodgers, participants will consider the common sense side of enterprise management and use their own experiences to determine how best to install a strategy like diversity management as simply as possible. Participants will be exposed to three separate, but complementary concepts: diversity management, organizational culture, and effective change management.


After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of diversity management as strategy and capability.
  2. Understand a simple actionable model of organizational culture.
  3. Follow the essential steps of a large-scale change effort.



James O. Rodgers 

James O. Rodgers CMC, MBA was recently elected to be a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC-USA). The Fellow of the Institute is the highest honor awarded in the management consulting profession.  Jim is the author of the groundbreaking book Managing Differently: Getting 100% from 100% of your people 100% of the time which changed the conversation about diversity and has been adopted as source material for a number of major MBA programs including Kellogg School of Management. His second book, Epiphany: Finding Truth without Losing Faith is designed to change the conversation about religious diversity.

James received a B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, an M.B.A. in Management from the University at Alabama, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Walden University. James has provided advice and counsel to over 200 companies including industry giants such as IBM, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, the Southern Company, AT&T, ThyssenKrupp Elevator and the YMCA. Jim is also a spiritual teacher and a serial non-profit leader. He has chaired half dozen major non-profits like Habitat for Humanity and served as Vice-Chair of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.


Price: $25.00

Date: October 19, 2017

Available Spaces: 47