Leaders need to be LINK ‘change agents’
By Fred Youberg
UNM’s deans, directors, department heads, managers, supervisors and others are going to be expected to provide important change and transition leadership to their employees and units during the next few years as the various components of Project LINK are implemented.
Throughout March, Project LINK, in partnership with UNM Employee and Organizational Development, is offering a workshop specifically designed to help UNM leaders manage the transitions—i.e., people issues—that Project LINK will introduce into their offices and departments.
The training is important, not only because the go-live date for LINK Finance is July 1, but because it helps prepare participants to become the ‘change agents’ capable of helping their units navigate the changes that Project LINK will bring in their units over the next few years. The training helps describe the difference between ‘change’ and ‘transition’ and helps participants appreciate the “people issues” that arise during change.
The workshop is offered this month only, with upcoming sessions scheduled for March 16, 23 and 24.
Some employees attending an earlier session made comments such as, “This is fantastic information, but when is my manager going to get the opportunity to come?” That set us back because this entire program was developed for university leaders that are going to be called upon to guide their areas through the upcoming changes. So, if you are in a leadership position and you have not yet signed up, here is a link to a description of the workshop as well as the registrationinstructions: http://link.unm.edu/Training/Change_mgt/ws_desc.pdf