Event factfile

Date of event: 9 May 2019
Event ends: 9 May 2019
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:30
Price: Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership *Up to 2 Places*
Sailing Through Change NEW

*Directors with influence on pace of change only*


We have become obsessed with agility, sprints, and rapid continuous change. It is much easier to change course when you are navigating a sailboat rather than a cruise ship. But even though these approaches and perspectives provide many tangible benefits, they are not a panacea for all circumstances. This may explain why so many organisations still miss opportunities, fail to adapt, or actively resist change. Because of size, risk-profile, or other constraining factors, many businesses must make a slow and careful pivot in order to effect change.

This highly interactive workshop explores ways that organisations can slowly pivot to successfully change course, providing participants with hands-on experience with the following topics:

  • recognising why and how organisations avoid change
  • overcoming resistance and generating momentum
  • sustaining energy and engagement for the long haul
  • achieving success and managing failure.

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the event you will have:

  • Experienced different types of change and different skills needed to manage each
  • Identified the differences between resistance, (non)readiness, and engagement
  • Learned ways to generate and sustain energy and engagement over time
  • Synthesised previous experience with successful and failed change to improve future effectiveness

Event Content and Delivery Style

Does your organisation resemble a sailing dinghy or a cruise ship? This event will employ a boating metaphor to tackle the question ‘when and why is an agile approach to change inappropriate?’

In this highly interactive workshop, we will consider the factors driving the need for a slow and careful pivot, and the tools needed for navigating it.

This event will include a range of cases, exercises and activities. Expect a high-energy day, with time to apply a variety of tools and approaches to your organisation.

Who Should Attend?

This event is suitable for those with the responsibility for setting the pace of change, and the form that it takes. Usually this will mean those involved in strategy, transformation or board-level engagement.


The primary theme is CHANGE and the secondary theme is STRATEGY.

It is relevant to the development of Change, Transformation, System, Systems Thinking, Agility, Agile, Sprint, Pace.

THP, The Henley Partnership.

Karen Jansen

Professor Karen Jansen

Karen Jansen is a professor of leadership at Henley Business School. Her research examines two adaptive processes: aligning talent with strategic vision, and creating and maintaining momentum over the course of strategic or cultural change. She has helped military, manufacturing, financial and professional service organisations to successfully navigate strategic change. This experience has led Karen to develop a ‘momentum mapping’ tool, which helps organisations manage change-related energy during transformational change. Prior to becoming an academic, she had a nine-year career at IBM as a systems engineer.

*Per member organisation. “Up to” indicates the maximum number per member organisation, it is not an allocation of places. All places are subject to availability at the time of nomination. Nomination Forms are dealt with on a first come first served basis and a place cannot be booked or held without a fully completed and approved Nomination Form.

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Contact Us

For more information please contact The Henley Partnership Team by email at thp@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418 855.

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Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus

Henley Business School,Greenlands,Henley-on-ThamesOxfordshire