Course Description

Change isn’t easy for most humans.

Research shows that just 38% of people like to leave their comfort zone. That leaves 62% of us who prefer to either not leave our comfort zone or to do it occasionally.

But we live in a world where the only constant is change. How can we more successfully receive, navigate, and move through change?

Over this four-week course, you’ll learn to recognize the differences between change and transition, how to master your mindset as you experience transition, what it takes to drive your own change, and finally, end with settling into change.

As a bonus, if you’re a leader responsible for facilitating change, you’ll notice extra content to boost your ability to bring people through the transition to a change easily.

Course Introduction

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the fundamental difference between change and transition.

  • Learn tools to choose the perspective you need to navigate change.

  • Receive a Change & Transition Management cheat sheet.

  • Practice identifying and asking for what you need to successfully step into a change.

  • Reflect and identify opportunities in your own life to drive positive change.

  • Build adaptability muscles to help absorb change.

How it Works:

Each week, you will watch a series of videos that cover key course concepts and guide you through your own reflection. You will receive a PDF workbook that you can download and print to complete activities and capture your takeaways. 

During the course, you will try on new mindsets, work through reflective exercises that help you apply those mindsets to your specific career path, and engage with your peers. 

We will also have a private Linkedin discussion forum where you can engage with the broader community in the Managing Change Course, ask questions, and share resources.

This course is offered in partnership with more than a dozen alumni offices. Alumni from partner schools will also participate in the LinkedIn Discussion Group allowing for increased networking and more diverse perspectives.

Each week you will:

  • Engage with course videos
  • Complete reflective exercises in weekly workbooks
  • Track your progress 
  • Capture key takeaways and action steps

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Course Introduction Video

  2. 2
    • Intro to Understanding Change

    • Understanding Change vs Transition

    • Cheat Sheet Walk Through For Managers

    • Change In New Normal - Change _ Transition Management - Cheat Sheet

    • Activity Sheet - Change vs Transition

    • Understanding Change vs Transition - Slides

  3. 3
    • Intro Mastering Perspective

    • Mastering Perspective

    • How to Choose Your Perspective

    • How to Choose Your Perspective - Perspective _ Impact

    • Activity Sheet - Perspective _ Impact

    • Being and Doing for Managers

    • Perspective _ Impact - Slides

    • Suggested Resources

  4. 4
    • Intro Driving Our Own Change

    • Driving Your Own Change

    • Driving Your Own Change - Slides

    • Driving Change In Your Org

    • Driving Change In Your Organization - Slides

    • Build a Purposeful Career

    • Activity Sheet - Driving Your Own Change

    • Suggested Resources

  5. 5
    • Intro Settling Into Change

    • Settling Into Change

    • Settling Into Change - Slides

    • Session 4 Helping Our People Settle Into Change

    • PBC Guru - Week 4 - Helping Your People Settle Into Change

    • Activity Sheet - Session 4 - Settling Into Change

    • Suggested Resources

Our Facilitator - Katie Ceccarini

Certified Executive Coach

Katie is a Certified Executive Coach and Consultant with two decades of experience leading, managing, and training teams.
Before stepping into Coaching and Consulting, her career brought her to early education and then tech. It was while running after-school tutoring centers where she first tested her chops at teaching, managing, and overhauling customer support.
She brought that experience with her to Yelp when she joined as the first Customer Success Manager. In her 10 years at Yelp, she created and oversaw all Customer Success training and development. She was also instrumental in establishing customer onboarding, scaling the business, and was a key liaison between Customer Success, Product, and Operations.
Shifting to focus more on employee development, Katie joined Opendoor as Head of Learning & Development where she was foundational to building and executing management and leadership development across the business. Katie founded Endurance Management Coaching in 2020 to work with leaders to empower their vision and unleash their strengths.
Katie's leadership style is best described as human. She's caring, honest, and holds a high bar. She's a triathlete so it's no surprise that she brings tenacity, dedication, and structure to her work. She lives in Denver with her husband and son.


How do I register for this course?

Registration can be made by clicking the register link above. Registration must be completed online and a separate online submission is required for each participating alumni.

What is the cost for the course?

There is no cost with the course.

 What resources will I need for this class?

To complete this course you'll need an internet connection, and the time to read, watch recorded lectures, and participate in online discussions.

Do I have to be a Macalester College alum to participate in this course?

No, this course is available for Macalester College and friends of the college.

When does the class meet?

The course site opens to participants on March 6, 2022, but when you "attend" class is entirely up to you. Our online course is without set class meetings. Instead, "class" is really the collection of video lectures that are available on-demand. Each week a new section of the course will be posted, and you can watch that content. However, you can always go back and review the previous content. After you've studied the readings and watched the video lectures, you'll head over to the course forums to respond to the weekly discussion questions and interact with the professor, teaching assistants, and your classmates.

Where will the discussion with other alumni happen?

There will be a LinkedIn group provided to you that will house all the discussion about course content. You'll be able to interact with other alumni from University of Lethbridge and other universities whose alumni are also taking the course.

Can I earn credit for completing the course?

Course credit is not offered. Those participants who fulfill the requirement of posting answers to the required discussion questions will be e-mailed a certificate following the conclusion of the course.

What if my question isn't answered here?

If you have further questions, please email