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Change is not a Four-Letter Word

Kimberly Blessing (Think Brownstone, Inc.)
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Innovative engineers and technical leaders are always championing organizational change, sometimes to the chagrin of those who like the status quo. How do you ensure a successful change initiative without pissing people off? By attending this session to learn how change spreads, what triggers those emotional roadblocks, and the influencing factors you must address to build an audience of receptive change agents.

This session will cover:
- Looking at change as technologists: the Diffusion of Innovations sociodynamics theory: how it helps us understand how and why new ideas and innovations spread through cultures
- Looking at change as human beings: Stress, perceived threats, and our physiological response to change
- Organizational behavior and change: why influence matters more than management (hint, it’s about people, not process)
- The Six Sources of Influence (Vital Smarts): translated and demonstrated with examples for a technical audience

Along the way, we’ll reference sources like Stephen Covey, Nancy Duarte, and even a few tech folks.

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Kimberly Blessing

Think Brownstone, Inc.

Kimberly Blessing has been working on the web for 20 years with organizations big (AOL, PayPal, Comcast) and small. To her, what matters most is building a strong team while also building great user experiences on the open web. She is the director of web development and technology consulting at Think Brownstone.