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Forum focuses on organizational change

Mergers and acquisitions, new technology, globalized economy, downsizing. What do all of the aforementioned have in common? They represent change, and from small to large and public to private, all businesses have to come to grips with it. And yet, change routinely ranks at or near the top of the most difficult challenges that businesses face. The central question seems to be — where to start?

On June 8 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Colonial Country Club in Jackson, an executive forum called “Leading Organizational Change” will look to explore that question and other change issues such as quantifying change efforts and their returns, developing a plan and creating organizational support.

Sponsored in part by the Mississippi Business Journal, the forum is being put on by FranklinCovey Co., a firm built around the concepts of Stephen Covey, author of the best seller “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

The presenter will be Keith Gullege, senior consultant, organizational consulting and assessment group, who as an MBA student sat in Covey’s classroom in the early 1970s. He has been with FranklinCovey since 1990.

“What makes FranklinCovey’s program unique and effective is that it uses an inside-out approach,” Gullege said. “That is the only way effective change can be sustained — inside-out, not just on the organizational level, but personal, as well. And it has to start with management. They’re the role models for the entire organization.”

In order to maximize the forum’s effectiveness, FranklinCovey is limiting attendees to those with management responsibility over a minimum of 100 employees. There is no cost.

For more information, or to register, call Janet Kabeary at (800) 331-7716, extension 75187, or e-mail her at jfkabe@franklincovey.com.

Contact MBJ staff writer Wally Northway at northway@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1016.

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