Navigating & Leading Change

Change happens all the time, whether we choose it or it chooses us.

As fellow human beings, we will experience changes in our lifetime and how we choose to respond is up to us. Here at UMBC we have already seen changes taking place on our campus as well as continuing changes to the evolving landscape of higher education itself. These changes elicit various responses that are normal during any process of transition. We understand that change can pose both challenges and opportunities for us personally, professionally, and organizationally. In order to be effective in our work it is imperative that we equip ourselves with the knowledge, skills, and strategies, as well as a common language to understand, cope with, and adapt to change. This is true for our individual contributor roles and for those in supervisory roles to effectively and proactively lead and support their people during this time of both challenge and opportunity.

In an effort to support the current and future changes at UMBC, the Human Resources & Strategic Talent Management department has partnered with a leader in personal and organizational change, FranklinCovey in kicking off a full year, strategic focus on change.

FranklinCovey Change: How to Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity

In October, UMBC formally kicked off a series of in-person training modules with FranklinCovey’s: Change: How to Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity. Sessions focused on providing the practical skills, common language, and distinct strategies to help us understand and manage our reactions, learn how to navigate change both functionally and emotionally, using a model that makes the change process predictable, positive, and possible.

There are three ongoing Change learning opportunities for different populations:

  • Change Conversations (2 hr) – For Anyone – Both Individual Contributors + Managers and Leaders
  • Change Book Discussions (5 week, 1 hour long sessions)  – For Anyone – Both Individual Contributors + Managers and Leaders
  • Change: How to Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity Full Course (6 hours total) – For Managers and Leaders ONLY 

For current session dates, times and to register, visit:

Change Champion Division Training

Are you passionate about learning, development and change? Are you comfortable with presenting to others? If so, we invite you to apply to become a Change Champion.

As part of scaling this initiative onto campus, Human Resources & Strategic Talent Management is creating a year-long Change Champion cohort program, funding 50 individuals to receive certification in the FranklinCovey Change program and continue this important training & support in their divisions. We hope to have several Change Champions in every division and this program is both self-nominated as well as Dean/VP nominated.

For more information on the program components and time commitment, please check out our Change Champion Flyer and apply through our Change Champion Interest Form.