Change Leadership

Change Leadership (Saskatoon, SK)
Location : K W Nasser Centre (256 - 3rd Avenue South)
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The essential ingredient for successful change.

Introduction & Background:

This course examines a range of factors that impact our ability to lead change effectively, especially during challenging times. Participants will explore how the human response and the human experience during change impacts both those who are leading the change and those who are experiencing it.

The phases and strategies involved in complex organizational change are examined, including the leader’s possible roles in facilitating change, and the actions likely to be effective in such situations. Participants are provided with practical tools to help them effect change and lead themselves and others through the transition. During the session, participants learn and apply a variety of leadership lenses to understand how change efforts impact themselves, those they lead, and their organization. Participants apply their learning to create a change leadership action plan that incorporates critical management steps and leadership approaches.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The difference between change management and change leadership
  • How to adopt and apply a leadership lens to a change initiative
  • The neurological response to change and supportive leadership actions
  • The psychological journey through change and appropriate leadership actions
  • Systems thinking for change leadership
  • Critical change management steps
  • How to lead through change involving reorganization, mergers, and layoffs
  • Tools to understand and deal with resistance to change
  • Practical strategies to support staff who are impacted by change

Who Should Attend:

Any team or person who is experiencing or leading a change initiative within a business, government agency, or not-for-profit organization. This session is particularly helpful for organizations who are or will be reorganizing, restructuring, or right-sizing.

Instructor Profile:

Vanesa Vanstone, BSW, MA(L)


Vanesa is a Leadership and Management Consultant for the Saskatoon Health Region and Owner of Leadership and Business Management Consulting. She has been coaching others to lead change at an individual, organizational, and provincial level throughout her career. As a self-described scholar-practitioner, Vanesa’s expertise is informed by a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University where she received three awards, including the Chancellor’s Award, for top academic performance.

Program Fees

$995 plus GST

  • Program fee includes course tuition, all teaching materials, lunches and refreshments.
  • University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fee.
  • Participants may withdraw from a course at any time, however, a $200 administration fee will be charged for withdrawing from a course up to 14 days prior to course start date. No course refund will be processed after this time. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal.
  • Fees subject to change without notice.