MGMT 5383 Organizational Change Management Week 1 Discussion Questions

  1. George (2007) discussed the difficulty of weighing all of the options but still being able to make decisions: Many Christian leaders are handicapped because they almost inevitably think in moralistic terms only: rightness versus wrongness. “What’s the right thing to do? What ought to be done?”

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I keep reminding leaders there are other modes to consider: effective versus ineffective, good versus best, safe versus risky.

Virtually every decision has a moral aspect, either in its consequences or in the way the decision will be implemented. And most of us carry an intuitive desire to reach for the godly, to hear the words of God on a given issue and line up with him rather than against him. But not all church administration deals with Mount Sinai issues. Many decisions are more mundane and subtle.

Questions leaders need to be asking are: “What are my options? Who should be involved in the decision-making process? How do I know when I have enough information? When is it time to bite the bullet and decide?”

These are the questions that aren’t asked often enough.

The apostle Paul demonstrated decision making in the midst of chaos and dissension:

After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been there,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.” He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer. About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. . . . When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. (Acts 19:21-32, 20:1-3 New International Version).

Decision-making is a key factor in change management. How do you make decisions when the outcome is unclear – do you tend to wait and weigh all of the options for the best decision, or act quickly and hope that you have made a good decision?

George, C. F. (2007). Weighing options: Few decisions in life are clear-cut. Leadership Journal. Retrieved from http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2007/july-online-only/day56.htm

  1. Choose one of the following questions for an initial post. In your response post, choose to respond to at least one person who answered the other question.

Question 1: Which role do you feel most comfortable in at work: change initiator, change implementer, change facilitator, or change recipient? Define the term according to the textbook and explain why this role fits you.

Question 2: What aspects of your role allow you to make decisions about change (in your position, your department, or your organization)? Based on what you have read so far on scientific management, organizational development, Lewin’s three stages, and Kotter’s 8-step model of change, which theory best fits your ideas about change? Cite your sources. Does your faith impact your decision making process (see Session 1 Devotional: Decision Making for insight on this)

Course: MGMT 5383 Organizational Change Management
School: Southern Wesleyan University

  • 07/03/2018
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