Oct 18 2011

Immunity to Change Introductory Session

Immunity to Change is a self-improvement method used to help you do things you want to do but don’t.  It comes from decades of research by Bob Keegan and Lisa Lahey of Harvard, most recently encapsulated in the eponymous and widely-available book.

Here Oprah talks about it (hint: she likes it).

I think it has a lot of benefit for a lot of areas in higher ed, professional development, and just life in general.  If you’re trying to do something hard, like write a dissertation, or publish an article, or build an online data archive, it can help. Most people seem to love it.

It’s also one way to “surface assumptions,” a key move central in individual and team learning.

By coincidence I’ve been trained as an Immunity to Change facilitator and am willing to facilitate an introductory session, where we try the process out, in a safe, collaborative, supportive room (we’ll close the door).  You can see what you think, and you might learn something about yourself!

A hypothetical value of $100 – $200 or so, yours for free.




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I try to understand teaching and learning and organize people to collaboratively identify related challenges and develop and test experimental solutions

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  1. Molly Ruggles

    I’m intrigued!

    It seems – for us technologists and explorers in the digital world – we need to be always adapting to change …..often scrambling to be at the forefront of it. It can get exhausting sometimes.

    Do you have some techniques for counteracting “change fatigue” or the “tyranny of relentless novelty”? Bring it on.

  2. dwedaman

    interesting question! . . . this particular method (Immunity to Change) starts with identifying an improvement goal (an area you want to change but are having trouble) . . . you could conceivable set as your improvement goal “dealing better with relentless novelty” and work with that, and you might discover some things . . . although for that to work you’d really have to care about improving in that way . . .

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