Wondering what the 3-day certification course is like?
I registered for the course some months ago and in this article, I will be sharing my experience of the three-day certification programme in a “journal” style account. I hope you find it helpful!
Class so far this morning has been very interesting. Our instructor seems to have a real handle on this CM methodology, peppering the learning with a great sense of humor that keeps us on our toes! He said it would be like being “fed by a fire hose” and it’s true – but I already feel like I’m building a foundation for the change management work I’ve been assigned to do.
The morning really gave me some food for thought about why change management is important to my project and my company. When we were reviewing the ROI of change management model, I couldn’t help but think about Project Beta that we had to scrap last year – now I know why! I’m thinking about sharing the “why change management” work with my director when I get back, and there is a great presentation on the online tool I can use when I get home – the Change Management eToolkit- for making the case for change management that I’ll be using.
Prosci’s change management certification program is the most comprehensive offering available to learn change management principles, methodologies and tools. In this highly interactive session, you bring a project you are currently working on and apply the tools and assessments as you learn them.
We had a fun CM principles activity this afternoon – able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, bond with our new “teammates” and still be working! This is great! Once back in the classroom we started to apply the tools to the actual projects that we brought with us from work. I’m surprised to actually be applying what I’m learning as we go along – I can learn so much better with hands-on work like this. We went through a Change Characteristics exercise where we dug into how change-ready our organisation is – very eye-opening to look at the pros and cons of my organisation with a “change microscope”. I’m seeing strengths and weaknesses in areas I never thought about before. I’m also realising that this change initiative is going to affect far more areas of the organisation than I previously thought. Sounds like tonight we are in for another fun activity for dinner they won’t tell us what it is, only that they are certain we’ll love it.
Well, last night was so much fun! We keep having opportunities to bond with and learn from all our classmates. I feel like I’ve known these guys forever and it’s only been one day!
We’re continuing to work on our project throughout today and the pressure is on – we have a project/presentation to work toward tonight. They want us to put together a PowerPoint presentation that will make the case for change management. We’ll take this back to show our senior level people. The presentation takes a look at where our organisation is now with change management, where we need to be and how we’re going to get there. It’s starting to get intense – we get together, learn a section for 15 minutes, then break out to work on our project and presentation for 30 minutes. I can really feel that “fire hose” now! But, at least the work I’m doing is on the project I’m supporting – I hate those trainings that are just academic and can’t be applied to what I really do.
Wow, we are finally done with our presentations and what an experience! I feel like I’ve learned so much in two days, and the feedback from my classmates tonight was so helpful. What a way to learn, in this kind of environment with everyone cheering you on. We were able to watch other participants’ presentations and gain valuable insight from their successes and mistakes. Now we get to celebrate! We’ve been promised some serious fun tonight for all the hard work today. Party, here I come!
Well if we weren’t all bonded yesterday, we definitely are this morning! One big, rowdy family last night! None of us wanted to go to bed once we got started with the celebrations. Fun times! But this morning, there is much more to learn and our certification test is looming at the end of the day
We went through a great coaching section this morning, using some real hands-on tools for helping employees through change and managing resistance. We did a fun reinforcement activity to wrap up the day. I’ve got some great ideas on how to make sure that my change really sticks. Now the dreaded test!THURSDAY – 3:30 PM
Turns out the test wasn’t that bad – I surprised myself at how much I learned this week. That feels pretty good. And now I am a bonafide, certified practitioner of Prosci’s Change Management methodology. Can’t wait to get home and start putting my CM plan into action. Missing my “Prosci Family” already but good thing I took their contacts so we can keep in touch!