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The Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program at Northwestern University is designed to strengthen the ability of experienced working professionals to use innovative people management and learning practices to lead strategic and sustainable organizational change.
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+Kelly Ross , #MSLOC  Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification coach, shares a story of how she helped a leader develop a transition strategy for a team under stress.
 
I’m often asked to help teams work better. I’ve discovered that team building means many things, so I start by asking the potential client some questions:      How will we know the team building se...
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How Effective Leaders Apply Strategic Thinking
by +Aaron Olson and BK Simerson

Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson have co-taught MSLOC 431: Leading with Strategic Thinking since its inception in 2009. The collaboration eventually led the duo to further explore the nature of strategic leadership and to the development of their new book, Leading with Strategic Thinking, released in April, 2015. This article highlights results of their independent research, their own expertise as leaders, and ideas explored in the course.

Aaron is Chief Talent Officer at Aon plc, a global firm specializing in risk management and human resources. B. Keith Simerson, Ed.D. provides consultation, executive coaching and leadership development in the areas of strategy formulation and execution. He is the co-author of four additional books including Strategic Planning: A Practical Guide.

http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/masters-learning-and-organizational-change/knowledge-lens/stories/2015/how-effective-leaders-apply-strategic-thinking.html   #msloc   #leadership   #strategy   #msloc431  
How Effective Leaders Apply Strategic Thinking. Editor's note: Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson have co-taught MSLOC 431: Leading with Strategic Thinking since its inception in 2009. The collaboration eventually led the duo to further explore the nature of strategic leadership and to the ...
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It's been a busy few months for ‪#‎FlatWillie‬! Check out his recent adventures -- from high-altitude trekking with 2014 #KelloggSchool of Management grads, to safariing in Kenya with #Weinberg alumni: https://our.northwestern.edu/groups/flatwillie. ‪#‎OurNorthwestern‬
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MSLOC Student  Receives Luce Fellowship for Policy Work in Asia

+MSLOC -- Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University student +Lanier Zimmer  received a prestigious Luce Fellowship to work and learn in Asia over the next year. She will begin with a language and cultural orientation this summer.

The Luce Scholars Program is a competitive national fellowship program of the Henry Luce Foundation that is designed to enhance understanding of Asia among potential American leaders. Every year 15 to 18 Luce Scholars receive stipends, language training and professional placement in Asia.

Zimmer says, “I was intrigued by the Luce Fellowship because it emphasizes leadership and provides an amazing opportunity to live abroad and work directly in your field of interest, which for me is education. I have limited experience with Asia, and I'm excited to gain a fresh perspective while learning about a new culture.”

“The classes I've taken so far at MSLOC will be incredibly meaningful for my work with the university. I have a unique opportunity to assist in creating a strategic plan and best practices for the admissions and financial aid offices at the American University of Myanmar. My current MSLOC classes, Leading with Strategic Thinking and Executing Strategic Change, are providing me with very relevant theories and frameworks that I can directly apply to my future work. As many of my professors have said, I will have many ‘tools in my toolkit’ to help me when I'm abroad,” says Zimmer, who enrolled in the MSLOC program to advance her goal of leading an education nonprofit. 

http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/masters-learning-and-organizational-change/knowledge-lens/stories/2015/msloc-student-lanier-zimmer-receives-luce-fellowship-for-policy-work-in-asia.html
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"Nonprofits sometimes find themselves operating in a tricky space. On one hand, they stem from strong social missions. On the other hand, they find themselves having to think and act like for-profit businesses. 
It was not always like this." - +Stanley Fong , #MSLOC Student

Stanley Fong shares the results of his +MSLOC -- Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University  research in a new post.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-social-mission-tensions-nonprofits-part-1-how-stanley-fong
Nonprofits sometimes find themselves operating in a tricky space. On one hand, they stem from strong social missions. On the other hand, they find themselves having to think and act like for-profit businesses. It was not always like this. Nonprofits and for-profits used to operate in largely distinct and separate spaces. Since the 1980s, they have converged (at least in the US). Government deregulation saw traditionally nonprofit sectors such as ...
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In my last post, I talked about how simplifying participation can help reluctant leaders engage on your internal community. Assuming they understand why it’s important, providing simple ways for them to engage, coupled with triggers to do so, can get them started. After these smaller steps become habits, the barrier will be smaller--and the motivation may be higher--for bigger changes like communicating via blogs on a regular basis.Here are ten p...
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MSLOC People On The Move – May 2015

+MSLOC -- Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University  students and alumni are change leaders who work in diverse organizational settings and roles. They advance in their careers by leveraging the strong MSLOC network, MSLOC career services and the leadership and strategic thinking skills developed during their time in the program.

Congratulations to members of the #MSLOC community who are on the move:

+Christina Pedulla (MSLOC 2015), Community Manager at Social Edge Consulting

+Stephanie Waite (MSLOC 2013), Director, Leadership & Organizational Development at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

+Whitney Wesenberg (MSLOC Student), Professional Development Specialist - Litigation at Winston & Strawn LLP

+Laura Zeligman (MSLOC Student), Manager in Assurance Transformation at PwC

Jed Sawyer (MSLOC Student), Employee Development Specialist at Boeing

http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/masters-learning-and-organizational-change/knowledge-lens/stories/2015/ms-learning-and-organizational-change-people-on-the-move--may-2015-.html
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Shared by +Lori Kinast , #MSLOC  alumna
 
When you look carefully at the way people work, there’s a lot more at play -- and at stake -- than money. Take a look at 7 studies by the likes of behavioral economist Dan Ariely and psychologist A...
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What do you Measure? by +Dan Darby , MSLOC student and change management consultant. Dan Darby believes that you can't manage what you don't measure. He shares his thoughts on this topic in a blog post that is part of a measurement series on Darby Consulting's blog.

"When you’re tasked with guiding an organization through change, you should be prepared to answer the tough questions:

- What is the ROI for change management spend?

- How are you planning to overcome resistance to change?

- How do you know if employees are adopting new technologies, processes and behaviors?

- Are your communications and training efforts changing the culture of how work gets done?

- Are business processes becoming more efficient?

- Are key stakeholders ready for hand-over to operations?

Given that managing change is as much an art as it is a science, as a change leader you need to be armed with reliable information to demonstrate that your plans and programs are gaining traction. Measurement is essential because at the end of the day…you can’t manage what you don’t measure."

http://darbyconsulting.com/what-do-you-measure/   #msloc   #changemanagement   #msloc440  
Given that managing change is as much an art as it is a science, as a change leader you need to be armed with reliable information to demonstrate that your plans and programs are gaining traction. Measurement is essential because at the end of the day you can’t manage what you don’t measure.
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How to Integrate into Your New Job Abroad, +MyInternationalAdventure interviewed +Kelly Ross , +MSLOC -- Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University  alumna and faculty, about her #MSLOC  masters research and coaching practice.

"Moving abroad to work in a new job can be a very stressful experience, whether you are being transferred by your company or just decide to have an adventure in another country. You can raise your odds of success by understanding how to integrate into your new job abroad.

Kelly Ross of Ross Associates is an experienced leadership development and talent management expert who works primarily with expats. She knows all about successful job integration. Ross was an expat for over six years and worked for global consulting giant McKinsey & Company for nearly 10 years in 20 countries on three continents before opening her own Chicago-based consultancy.

“I work with many expats who are preparing to work abroad or are already working abroad and need career coaching,” Ross said. “I think at first, you need to get clear on why you want to do this and what it will do for you. Then you need to concentrate on learning about your new environment. I think there is a real value in doing lots of research before you move, although much of it may not make sense until you are actually living there.” - Kelly Ross

You can read Kelly's research here: http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/masters-learning-and-organizational-change/knowledge-lens/stories/2013/characteristics-of-successful-expatriates-unleashing-success-by-identifying-and-coaching-on-specific-characteristics.html

http://myinternationaladventure.com/05/how-to-integrate-into-your-new-job-abroad/    #expat   #expatlife   #talentmanagement  
Working abroad. You can raise your odds of success by understanding how to integrate into your new job abroad.
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An #msloc430 Working Out Loud Week May 4-10 #wol #wolweek #ESN

We’re experimenting. May 4-10 will be working-out-loud week for graduate students in MSLOC 430, the course I teach covering enterprise social networks, work and learning. On Twitter, watch the #msloc430 #wol hashtags. Here’s how we’re set up. The main…
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In my last (and first) blog post, I discussed why leaders might want to be active on social media. I was thrilled with the feedback from others - my colleagues, classmates, and extended network chimed in on what their thoughts were. It was awesome! Then, reality hit, and I had to start thinking:What's next?"Once leaders start engaging on social media, what is that next step? How can leaders measure the return on the time they personally invest in...
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