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Acceleration Vs. Mitigation-Based Change: The Evolving Role of Change Management in a Volatile World

  • 09/15/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online (Link Sent in Confirmation Email)


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Acceleration Vs. Mitigation-Based Change: The Evolving Role of Change Management in a Volatile World

Historically, change enthusiasts and experts alike, focused heavily on the identification of a ‘burning platform’ to drive intentional behavior change. These fear-based tactics were used to mitigate change resistance when implementing digital transformation initiatives, introducing complex culture change, or driving M&A efforts to name a few. However, we are living in a time where change is constant, and employees are experiencing a volume and velocity of change like never before. Thus, our new normal must lend itself to a different approach in motivating and mobilizing employees if we expect change to stick in the volatile world we live in.  

This webinar will both highlight and reinforce why change enthusiasts and experts must shift their change management paradigm from resistance management and mitigation to change adoption and acceleration. We will discuss how the perception of change management varies widely depending on the lens of the individual or, perhaps, where they sit within an organization. An executive project sponsor will offer a much different perspective on the value of change management than a workstream leader or project team member.  

In this interactive webinarwe will: 

  • differentiate approaches, outcomes and impacts when change management is viewed from these two distinct lenses (change acceleration vs. mitigation) 

  • explore the advantages of viewing change management as a proactive accelerant in your organization and how it will lead to increased ‘stickiness’ and long-term sustainable success 

  • discuss the ramifications of a reactive and mitigation-based approach to change leadership to employees, organizations, and the change management profession  

Learning Objectives

  1. To recognize and differentiate between an acceleration vs. mitigation-based approach to change management.

  2. To define and explain the benefits of an acceleration-based change management approach vs. the implications of a mitigation-based approach.

  3. To identify the seven ingredients of an acceleration-based change approach and apply them to your next project or client engagement
Andrew Barnitz


Andrew Barnitz serves as the Organizational Change Management (OCM) Director at the CARA Group and is responsible for growing CARA’s OCM practice, driving brand awareness, and supporting solutions strategy and sales across the Fortune 500 marketplace. Prior to joining CARA, Andrew held several leadership roles in human capital consulting, digital transformation, M&A, learning management, culture integration and system implementation. He has delivered enterprise-wide solutions to over 2.5 million employees and clients globally and possesses over 20 years of global project and change management leadership expertise.

Further, Andrew has established PMOs and Change Practices at Fortune 500 organizations across Retail, Telecom, Insurance, and Pharmaceuticals to name a few. Andrew is certified in Project Management (PMP) and Change Management (Prosci) disciplines.

When not architecting OCM solutions for some of the world’s finest organizations, he enjoys mentoring aspiring project and change management professionals, speaking at industry events nationwide and coaching youth sports.

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