MGMT 5383 Week 2 Session 2 Discussion Questions: Organizational Change Management
- The importance of trust was discussed by Gallup (2007):There’s little difference in ethical behavior between the churched and the unchurched. There’s as much pilferage and dishonesty among the churched as the unchurched. I’m afraid that applies pretty much across the board: religion, per se, is not really life changing. People cite it as important, for instance, in overcoming depression-but it doesn’t have primacy in determining behavior.
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Recently, for the Christian Broadcasting Network, we asked a series of questions on whether people rely more on human reason or on an outside power, such as God, for moral guidance and for planning for their future. More opted for human reason than for God, although less so among evangelicals. That shows that whatever people say about their beliefs, when they get right down to it, they are not totally prepared to trust God.
Trust impacts our relationship with God and with others. This is demonstrated by disciples, who had seen incredible miracles, but still didn’t fully trust, and their lack of trust impacted their ability to understand what Jesus was communicating to them.
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. “Be careful,’ Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8:15-21 New International Version)
If you trust in God, is it easier to envision and communicate change? How does trust impact your relationships with others, and your ability to inspire and communicate change in your organization?
Gallup, G. H., Jr. (2007). Total trust: Trust is one of the basic bonds of relationships. Leadership Journal. Retrieved from http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2007/july-online-only/day45.html
- Choose one of the following questions for an initial post. In your response post, choose to respond to at least one person who answered the other question.Question 1:Thinking about your current organization, evaluate its need for change for a specific problem. How urgent is the need for change, and how ready is your organization for change? Using the eight dimensions related to readiness (Cawsey, Deszca, & Ingols, 2016, p. 107), describe your organization’s need for and readiness for change. Incorporate Scripture if applicable. For example, stating that God “delights in people who are trustworthy” (Proverbs 12:22 New International Version) is support for the need for trustworthy leadership.
Question 2: How do your personality and faith impact your color change paradigm? (Use your color-print results from the Color Test for Change Agents in discussing your color change paradigm.) Understanding your color-print, evaluate your ability to act as a change agent, citing chapter 4. Refer to Session 2 Devotional: Trust as you think through your relationships with others as a change agent.
Course: MGMT 5383 Organizational Change Management
School: Southern Wesleyan University
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