top of page
Change Management Certificate (s)
Navigating Power Relationships

Leaders at every level need to be able to execute on their ideas. In virtually every case, this means that leaders need to be able to persuade others to join in this execution. In order to do so, understanding how to create and utilize power in an organization is critical.

Course was designed to equip participants with tools that will help them focus on their personal relationship with power as well as how power works in their organization and social network.


Project Management Institute (PMI) Continuing Certification: Participants who successfully complete this course will receive 6 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from PMI. Please contact PMI for details about professional project management certification or recertification.

Key Takeaway
  • Assess how powerful you are within your professional circumstances

  • Analyze what creates power and take stock of where power resides

  • Analyze, enhance, and activate your network to achieve goals and improve your ability to exercise power

  • Consider what constitutes responsible use of power and the limits of power

Negotiation Skills

Being able to negotiate is a practical, everyday skill that is critical for anyone working within an organization. The good news is it's a skill you can practice and master. Negotiation skills are ones you can use in any context and, once you master the behaviors of effective negotiation, you will use all the time. In this course, you will develop an awareness that every conversation is a negotiation, and you will identify the critical components of effective negotiation.

Key Takeaway
  • Identify strategies for preparing for a negotiation

  • Explore critical decisions such as when to negotiate, when not to negotiate, whether you should make the opening move in a negotiation, and how many issues you want to put on the table

  • Categorize and prioritize the issues to be negotiated

  • Define the negotiation interaction at the tactical and emotional level

Leading Strategic Change Initiatives

If you're in charge of developing and leading strategic organizational change, there are certain tools and concepts you must be familiar with. In this course, the emphasis is on cultivating your ability to assess the need for change. By determining why your organization or team needs change, you'll be able to better answer questions like: What should you change and how should the change be handled? You will explore the political and complex process of introducing change, which includes motivating others, dealing with resistance and the emotional elements of change, and finally, extending change over time and sustaining it. The course is designed to give you practice so you can initiate and carry out a change effort.

Key Takeaway
  • Identify a helpful process framework for leading change initiatives and develop a change vision

  • Diagnose the external factors that are driving change and the strategic orientation of your firm

  • Build an approach for identifying and influencing key stakeholders

  • Devise an approach for overcoming resistance and sustaining your change over the long-term

Leading Strategic Change

All leadership is change leadership. Good leadership isn't about stagnation; it's about moving ahead. In this course, you explores the fundamental, practical skills that effective leaders have mastered.

Effective change leaders do three things; they anticipate where things are moving, they facilitate the implementation of change, and they sustain momentum by taking charge and moving things ahead. Great change leaders know how to be both proactive and reactive, as Professor Bacharach explains. Students in this course will examine their own leadership styles and practice skills that will help them translate ideas into organizational results, find ways to overcome organizational inertia, and examine strategies for overcoming individual resistance to change.

Key Takeaway
  • Facilitate change by translating ideas into desired organizational results

  • Identify the change process as it relates to organizations

  • Identify ways to overcome organizational inertia

  • Examine strategies for overcoming individual resistance to change

  • Explore ways of anticipating and mitigating uncertainty

Leading with Credibility

Managers who are seen practicing what they preach and following through on promises enjoy dramatically enhanced credibility and loyalty. They inspire workers to perform well and even to go beyond what is asked of them. Credibility is not all it takes to be successful, but no trust or meaningful relationship with those you manage can happen without it.

This course, focuses on the critical element of leadership, and helps students develop the awareness, skills and habits necessary for mastering it.

Key Takeaway
  • Assess your credibility and trustworthiness as perceived by subordinates and others in the organization

  • Detect and address impediments to your credibility with subordinates, superiors, and others with whom you interact professionally

  • Develop and practice habits of reflection and time management to confidently make and keep commitments

  • Build and foster a culture of mutual accountability among your team


As a leader in your organization, you always need to be prepared for change. Whether you’re dealing with a planned initiative, volatile industry, or unexpected situation, change is inevitable. In this series, you will identify where you fit in the power hierarchy of your organization and how this plays into your role in organizational decision making.

The Change Management certificate program, developed by faculty at Cornell University, will equip you to anticipate where things are moving, implement changes needed, and sustain the momentum of your change management initiatives to advance your agenda. The four core courses and two leadership electives enable you to meet your specific development goals while customizing the program to suit your particular professional outcomes.

For the best experience in this program it is recommended to take these courses in the order that they appear.

Leadership Forum events feature several days of live, highly participatory faculty and experts to explore the most pressing leadership topics. Leadership Forum events are held several times throughout the year. Once enrolled in your program, you will receive information about upcoming events.

Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending Symposium sessions is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

bottom of page