My goodness, the finish line is in sight! Your change efforts have paid off and you can see and feel your vision coming true. Now what? Can we sit back, relax, and just bask in the glory of an accomplished goal? Yes, but only for a moment. Then we have to get to work making sure that our change efforts stick.
Specific questions or items to address:
Read Step 8 “Make It Stick” from Kotter and Cohen’s The Heart of Change. First, review the feedback from your instructor on Part 7. Use any new information you gained from the discussion and feedback from your instructor to revise and improve Part 7 of your project. Next, compile Part 8 of your project, explaining the actions you will take to make change stick. How can you overcome tradition and emotion to keep the change in place rather than sliding back into old habits? How can you control the hiring process to be sure fresh faces coming in to the team also support the new vision? You may find the area at the end of Step 8 under the “Make Change Stick” header helpful in reviewing the key points of what to do and not do when setting short term goals. Be sure your paper touches on the key elements of each as they pertain to your organization.
Compile all 8 portions of your paper into just one word document for final submission.
Next, use your final paper to create a final presentation. Pretend as though you are going to present your change proposal to someone above you in your organization to gain their approval and support for your desired change and plan of action to achieve it. Your presentation should summarize the key points of all eight parts of your final paper. Your presentation should include either speaker notes or audio – indicating what you would say if you were actually giving the presentation in real life. Do not copy from your paper into the speaker notes. You would not read to your audience, so don’t copy directly from your paper. Write in the speaker notes or say in the audio what you would say in person.
Your presentation should be a minimum of 25 slides long, include a title slide, references slide, and highlight the key points of each element of your paper. Use graphics as appropriate, ensuring they add value to your presentation. The originality requirements for your paper also apply to your presentation. Do not copy from other resources or websites into your slides. Your slides and speaker notes should be in your own words.
The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded: