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Transformational Change: Leading from within

Register for: Transformational Change: Leading from within

Virtual Online Workshop 20th May – 15th July, 2021

Delivered by

Cornelis Tanis and Barry Bales

Workshop format and audience

  • An 8-week, intensive developmental experience to expand the individual’s and team’s capacities to lead transformational change in an unpredictable and complex world.
  • Individual leaders and professionals in public sector and non-profit organizations who are improvement-minded and want to bring about transformation in themselves, their teams, and their organization.
  • Intact teams and work groups who are similarly improvement-minded.

Applying proven developmental practices

The foundational developmental practices you will use in this journey, called Overturning Immunity to Change (ITC), have been developed by Harvard researchers Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey and others.  Quoting the originators: “We like the ITC approach because it is the most focused, most functional, fastest, and least costly way we have seen to get everyone engaged with their growth edge, in a fashion that links gut, mind, and hand (how you feel, how you think, and what you can do when you make that connection).”  

An element critical to the effectiveness of the Overturning Immunity to Change practices is peer coaching and accountability. Going through this journey with fellow learners dramatically increases both the odds and the joy of personal transformation. This holds true whether your intact team from work attends as a group or you are your organization’s only representative.  Participants will form peer-coaching groups that meet for an hour at least bi-weekly throughout this program. During these times, using a structured protocol, members will have the opportunity to share and witness progress, and collect and give feedback on each other’s on-the-job applications of immunity to change practices.

World-class support from facilitators

Your faculty is Cornelis Tanis and Barry Bales. Both are experienced and credentialed practitioners in the combination of transformation, public service and Immunity to Change. Both have personally and collectively worked with hundreds of organizational leaders around the world on this process. While these qualifications are helpful, the most crucial ingredient they bring as faculty members is their deep passion for human development, their lightheartedness, and skills to create the conditions in which people feel seen, safe, supported, and challenged during this learning experience.

Benefits of this “Transformational Change” journey

Real progress on personal improvement goals.

Overturning one’s personal immunity to change dramatically increases the odds of successful change.  Throughout this course, each individual will identify and focus their efforts on a personal improvement goal that is important to them and their success. More importantly, they will work on an important goal that has resisted their improvement efforts in the past. This enables them to deeply experience personal transformation and, from that, develop compassion for helping others through their transformations.

Examples of personal improvement goals that support transformational leadership:

  • Getting better at listening to perspectives of others with whom I disagree
  • Getting better at working with emergence (when “control” is not appropriate or available)
  • Getting better at using conflicts productively
  • Getting better at sharing my vision more boldly while holding my ideas lightly
  • Getting better at showing genuine curiosity, asking more questions

An enduring network of transformation-minded colleagues.

Our experience has shown that those who go through this experience with others develop an enduring professional network that is a valuable resource for years to come.  Peer coaching creates a profound impact that participants experience along these lines: “While we all had different improvement goals and often very diverse backgrounds, what we discovered is that we learn so much by simply being, listening, and contributing perspectives in service of each other’s development.  It made us see our common humanity across differences and enjoy the potential of deep learning relationships.”

Structure and Logistics

You will receive access to 12 hours of support from faculty, access to electronic tools, and a personal copy of the book Immunity to Change.  All sessions are held remotely via Zoom, with secure access links provided upon registration.

This immersive, development process involves four integrated activities designed to reinforce and embed the learning concepts.

  • Plenary sessions are led by facilitators, attended by all participants, and occur at three different times in the program: a 1-hour orientation session at the start of week 1, a 3.5-hour session one week later, and a 2-hour concluding session in week 8.
  • “Office Hours” are 2-hour, bi-weekly sessions hosted by facilitators to provide a deeper dive on immunity to change concepts and answer questions/provide feedback on participants’ experiences in applying immunity to change practices in the workplace. Attendance by participants at Office Hours is optional but strongly encouraged.
  • Peer-coaching group time happens both within the plenary sessions and in 1-hr weekly meetings of each small group.  These weekly meetings are self-scheduled and conducted by team members, following a structure suggested by facilitators.
  • On average, expect to work 1-2 hours per week on your personal experiments.


USD $1295

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Dates and times

Cohort 1 May to July 2021

Session Dates and times

(all times in CDT; weekly peer-coaching sessions set by each group)

  1. Orientation: May 20, 8:30-9:30 am
  2.  Discover: May 27, 8:30 am-12:00 pm
  3. Open House: June 4, 8:30-10:30 am
  4. Open House: June 17, 8:30-10:30 am
  5. Open House: July 7, 8:30-10:30 am
  6. Consolidation: July 15, 8:30-10:30 am