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CMSHRM - Because Change is Inevitable...A Practical Approach to Change

  • 17 May 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • St. Cloud State University Atwood Memorial Center - Cascade Room

CMSHRM - Because Change is Inevitable...A Practical Approach to Change

Change is inevitable. Yet we dread it, resist it and do everything to prevent it. Upon communicating change to employees, did you ever hear: "When is management going to understand it is the real world down here?"How about, "If my boss would just get off my back and let me do my job, everything would be okay!" or,"Why can't they leave well enough alone?" These expressions reflect symptoms of employees not only resisting change, but more importantly, leaders potentially not fulfilling their responsibility in communicating change. This program has been designed to help leaders communicate change and overcome employee resistance. Common sense says if employees are good at resisting change, then a leader needs to be just as effective in getting them to accept change. 


  • People do not resist change nearly as much as the manner it is communicated!
  • The driving force behind change is not technology - it is your customer!
  • As a company, if you are not moving forward - you are moving backward!
  • If a leader does not show energy to change - why should the employee?
  • It’s not what want - it’s what the job requires!


  • Learn how managers and supervisors view change differently
  • Recognize how a leader's behavior impacts employee acceptance
  • Communicate unpopular mandated changes
  • Learn a method to confront employees who resist change
  • Learn tools, tips and techniques to manage change and difficult conversations


  • Newly-appointed leaders or experienced leaders who want to enhance or refresh their current skills

Qualifies for 3 hours of HR recertification credits

11:00 - 11:15 Check-in
11:15- 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 3:30 John Graci presentation

Speaker Information:

John Graci is an author, consultant, and leadership advisor with more than 20 years of management experience in production, office, union and non-union environments.  Graci's folksy and tell-it-like-it-is approach comes across as refreshing and riveting, and will have leaders on all levels of business grimacing in guilt knowing they might be practicing management without a license.  

John is a frequent keynote speaker on change, motivation and communication for Fortune 500 companies, national conventions and SHRM chapters across the Midwest.  He has been recognized by VIP's for teaching management skills that instantly improve the work environment.  

Please visit the CMSHRM website for additional event and registration information. 

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