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What It Takes to Lead an Organizational Transformation


Featuring Andrew White, senior fellow in management practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and Adam Canwell, head of EY’s global leadership consulting practice. White and Canwell are co-authors (with Michael Smets) of the recent HBR article, “Organizational Transformation is an Emotional Journey.”


Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM US ET

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM US Central
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM US Mountain
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM US Pacific
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM GMT
Andrew White
Adam Canwell
Sponsored by Oracle NetSuite

It’s not news that organizational transformations are prone to failure. That’s because the road is littered with failed transformation programs. This begs the question: In today’s dynamic environment, what are the keys to successful transformation?

EY and Oxford University formed a research collaboration to find out. Together researchers investigated what it takes to lead a successful transformation. 

On October 19, in a live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, two of these researchersAndrew White from Saïd Business School and Adam Canwell of EY—will share findings and insights from their research into successful transformations. They will discuss:

  • What makes transformations successful or unsuccessful
  • Why the workforce bears the brunt of failed transformations and how to prevent this
  • Seven steps for a successful transformation
  • How to set up a transformation for success by focusing on emotionsincluding the emotions of both employees and leaders

Leaders today are expected to deliver continual, rather than episodic, transformation. Transitioning to this state requires new leadership skills, organizational structures, processes, and KPIs. It also requires leaders who can bring everything together to operate successfully in this new paradigm of constant transformation.

To discover why so many transformation programs fail and what it takes to lead a successful transformation, join White, Canwell, and HBR on October 19.


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