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Making the Most of Change

Making the Most of Change


While some say that 70% of change efforts fail, you can be in the 30% that succeed. Understanding why organizational change initiatives fail is as important as learning how to effectively lead change.  In this course, we will study the activities and strategies that lead to effective change implementation as well as the psychology of how change and transition impact individuals internally.  In this course, students will focus on change through the lens of individual change management and organizational change management.  We must first learn our personal approaches to change before we can effectively lead others through change. Whether you lead a family, social group, or organizational team, you will apply activities and strategies to your personal situation.

In this course, students will learn:

  • Why change initiatives fail.
  • Elements of successful change strategies
  • Processes and communication plans to align organizational change initiatives.
  • Interpersonal factors that exist in change initiatives.
  • How to lead people through their fears and anxieties to be real advocates and champions of the change initiative.
  • The importance of understanding the psychological process that individuals go through in times of transition.
  • How to manage complex change with uncertainty.


The cost of this course is $125. The course includes four optional Live Q/A Sessions with Dr. Ogren via Zoom.

About Dr. Ogren

In addition to full-time faculty at Cottey College, Dr. Tammy Ogren has started, managed, and grown a variety of businesses in her 30+ years of leading and growing companies, as well as mentoring business owners, to turn their passion, skill, and expertise into a life that fits their personal values and vision.

As Chief Operating Officer, Tammy led an organization through the transformation of a virtual organization where 75% of the employees worked remotely. Her real-world experience led her to her Ph.D. research, A Qualitative Multi-Case Study of Leadership and Inter-Team Collaboration among Higher Education Distributed Employees to earn her Ph.D. is in Business Administration, with a specialist in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 

In addition, she is a partner Expand with Purpose, a firm focusing on developing leaders and business owners to reach their potential, founded and sold  Spicy Guys, a snack food wholesale company and earned her M.B.A. and Management of Human Relations bachelor degree returning to school in her thirties, while raising children and working full-time.  She holds many certifications including life coach, Myers-Briggs, and in emotional intelligence coaching.