Barriers and Enablers of Change at Dal

On October 24th, Dr. Graham Lowe met with a group of people at Dal who are key change agents in making improvements to Dal as a healthy organization. 

He asked those present to identify barriers to change and enablers of change at Dal. 

Here are the items the groups came up with:

Barriers to Change

  • Financial
  • Time
  • Collective agreements
  • Silos, decentralized structure
  • Physical location
  • Lack of resources – time, effort, money, people
  • Ineffective leaders
  • One-sided communication
  • History
  • Sense of powerlessness
  • Risk aversion
  • Narrow perceptions
  • Rigidity
  • Fear/ignorance
  • Fear of losing control or giving up ownership
  • Negative attitudes toward HR initiatives
  • Unclear priorities

Enablers of Change

  • Collective agreements
  • HR and campus resources
  • Motivated employees
  • Decentralized structure – don’t have to wait; local problems can have local solutions
  • Existing resources (i.e., professional development, Dalplex, tuition waiver)
  • Have the students as a common goal
  • Mentorship
  • Enabling employees and utilizing their skills effectively
  • Student employees, can learn from them
  • Inclusivity
  • Leading by examples of things that work already
  • Tap into existing skills
  • Personal freedom over work

Any others you would add? Tell us in the comments.

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