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Unlock your potential

Use the method perfected by best-selling Harvard researchers to change the habits that hold you back

Topic: Business
Susanna Katsman

The pace of change and demand for innovation are accelerating such that it is no longer sufficient for us to strive to simply do more. We all have goals we want to reach where attainment seems out of reach. To succeed, we need to get better at getting better. Immunity to Change mapping is a potent tool that can help us build infrastructure within our minds that enables us to thrive amidst the challenges of changing modern world.

In this class you will learn why determination and will power are often not sufficient to achieving your goals. You will uncover hidden forces that work against your best efforts and get tools for addressing these forces so that you can make the changes you want to make by working smarter, not trying harder. The Immunity to Change (ITC) method for achieving personal and professional goals was developed by Harvard professors and best-selling authors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey and has been used by thousands of people from all walks of life to make meaningful and sustained changes. In this course you will choose a goal you have been trying to achieve and complete your immunity to change map to see what forces are keeping you from that goal and how to overcome the barriers and reach the outcome you want.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live, hands-on, online course, you’ll understand:

  • What limiting beliefs stand in the way of you making and sustaining progress towards your most important improvement goals
  • Why technical tools, commitment and will power are often not sufficient when it comes to self-improvement
  • The Immunity to Change methodology and how to apply it to make meaningful and sustained progress toward your goals

And you’ll be able to:

  • Practice awareness of how your current mindset is keeping you from succeeding with your goals
  • Use the Immunity to Change methodology to undo current limiting beliefs so that they are no longer sabotaging your progress
  • Use follow-up resources to gain momentum towards your most important improvement goals

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re a skilled professional looking to unlock your potential and thrive in your career
  • You work within constraints and complexities of the modern world and workplace
  • You want to become better at something as well as better at getting better in general

Prerequisites

  • Experience working in an office setting

Recommended preparation:

  • Download and print the immunity-to-change map (No prework is required. You'll complete this worksheet during the course.) You can also download it here.

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Susanna Katsman is passionate about supporting the development of emerging leaders. She skillfully guides her program participants and coaching clients to identify their goals and facilitates the achievement of meaningful and sustainable changes in mindset and behavior. Susanna is continuously honored and humbled by witnessing her clients courageously engage with their challenges and come out on the other side with a changed mindset that enables them to move forward with greater clarity, perspective, and confidence. Susanna is deeply committed to learning new ways to support people’s growth. She brings warmth and positive energy to her interactions with collaborators and clients and enjoys cultivating meaningful connections that nourish those relationships in the long term.

    Over the past twenty years Susanna has held leadership roles in Fundraising Development Operations and Organizational Development within Health Care and Higher Education sectors, including overseeing Training & Development on the Harvard Longwood Campus. As a result, she has over ten years of experience designing and delivering programs across organizational functions.

    Susanna holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.A. in Biology from Brandeis University. She is trained and qualified in Immunity to Change Facilitation by Minds at Work and is Certified as a Talent Optimization Consultant by Predictive Index. In addition to serving her clients, she subcontracts as a Senior Facilitator and Consultant for Orange Grove Consulting and as an Associate for MetaView and Minds at Work. Susanna is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School Professional Development Program “Essential Management Skills for Emerging Leaders.”

    Susanna lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and three children. She joyfully serves on the board of the Drake Academy of Excellence.

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Presentation: 12 minutes

  • Topic: what makes making changes so challenging
  • Topic: instructions for coming up with potential goals for this course
  • Quiet time for participants’ individual reflection and filling out leftmost column of ITC map: 3 minutes

Presentation: 3 minutes

  • Topic: criteria for selecting one improvement goal to focus on in this course
  • Quiet time for participants’ individual reflection and filling out column 1 of ITC map: 2 minutes
  • Public players share their column 1 entries via chat: 5 minutes
  • Poll to make sure everyone is all set with one strong improvement goal to focus on in this course: 2 minutes

Presentation: 15 minutes

  • Topic: instructions for coming up with examples of behaviors that get in the way of the improvement goal
  • Quiet time for participants’ individual reflection and filling out column 2 of ITC map: 3 minutes
  • Public players share their column 2 entries via chat: 7 minutes
  • Poll to make sure everyone is on the right track with column 2: 3 minutes
  • Break: 5 minutes

Presentation: 10 minutes

  • Topic: the “New Year’s Resolutions” approach to change vs Immunity to Change approach to change
  • Topic: Technical Problems vs Adaptive Challenges
  • Topic: instructions for populating the “Yuck Box” at the top of column 3
  • Quiet time for participants’ individual reflection and filling out the “Yuck Box” at the top of column 3 of ITC map: 5 minutes

Presentation: 5 minutes

  • Topic: Commitments that we have vs Commitments that have us
  • Topic: instructions for populating the rest of column 3
  • Quiet time for participants’ individual reflection and filling out the rest of column 3 of ITC map: 5 minutes
  • Public players share their column 3 entries via chat: 10 minutes
  • Poll to make sure everyone is on track with column 3: 5 minutes

Presentation: 10 minutes

  • Topic: Behold - Immunity to Change system!
  • Topic: normalizing the range of reactions to one’s ITC system
  • Break:10 minutes

Presentation: 15 minutes

  • Topic: Big Assumptions (aka Limiting Beliefs) and how they put constraints on our reality
  • Topic: instructions for populating column 4 of ITC map
  • Quiet time for participants’ individual reflection and filling out column 4 of ITC map: 5 minutes
  • Public players share their column 4 entries via chat: 10 minutes
  • Poll to make sure everyone is on track with column 4: 10 minutes

Presentation: 15 minutes

  • Topic: what it takes to overturn one’s Immunity to Change and make progress towards Improvement Goal
  • Break: 5 minutes

Presentation: 10 minutes

  • Topic: instructions for designing tests of Big Assumptions
  • Quiet time for participants’ individual reflection and filling out rightmost column of ITC map: 5 minutes
  • Public players share their designs of first tests of Big Assumptions via chat: 10 minutes
  • Discussion: 20 minutes

Q&A: 20 min