Accelerated Change Leadership Certificate

Join our limited-time accelerated program — enroll by Sept 3

IDEO U’s Change Leadership program offers a human-centered approach to leading others through change and creating impactful, lasting change. A great complement to traditional change management, this program will help you build more resilient and adaptable teams and organizations by putting people at the center of the change.

In this accelerated program, you’ll connect with fellow leaders worldwide interested in change leadership. After just 10 weeks, you'll earn your Change Leadership certificate and start applying your skills immediately. In this program, you'll learn how to: 

  • Use systems thinking to gain context around the change, spot opportunities, and determine where to start.
  • Use frameworks that will show you how to start small, co-create, and experiment with others to design your change and build support.
  • Discover strategies to navigate the friction and complexity often part of implementing and scaling change.
Accelerated Certificate Program Outcomes
  • Start small by creating experiments that demonstrate the potential for your change.
  • Co-create change by involving the people it affects from the beginning.
  • Guide others through unexpected changes and challenges.
  • Build support by sharing big stories about early, small changes.
  • Motivate your team to scale the change by developing shared understanding and alignment.
Skills You’ll Gain
Leading Change Systems Thinking Complex Projects Co-creation Influencing Storytelling
Format 1 Online Cohort Course
Start Date
Duration 10 Weeks*
Time 4 Hours/Week
Price
Regular price
$2,397
Sale price
$1,800
Unit price
per 
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*Enroll in any August cohort course or certificate to get exclusive access to our new AI x Design Thinking Workshop Series.

About the Certificate Programs

While both the regular and accelerated program offer the same general course material, there are a few key distinctions between the two programs.

Change Leadership Certificate

4-month certificate program, flexible dates

Duration: 20 weeks
Number of COHORTs: 3 separate cohorts for each course
Price: $2,397 USD
  • 3 distinct cohort courses for across 20 weeks
  • 20-week program
  • Receive your IDEO U Change Leadership Certificate

Accelerated Change Leadership Certificate

Limited-time program, launches September 5, 2024

Duration: 10 weeks
Number of COHORTs: 1 cohort for the entire 10-week program
Price: Early bird pricing until Jul 15 $1,800 USD $2,100 USD
  • 1 Cohort across 10 weeks
  • Condensed 10-week program
  • Receive your IDEO U Change Leadership Certificate

What You'll Learn

Introduction

This 10 week experience consists of content from three courses that are part of the Change Leadership certificate program:

    1. Human-Centered Systems Thinking

    2. Design for Change

    3. Leading Complex Projects

Lesson 1: Understand Complexity

Learn how to navigate and manage the complexities inherent in change processes.

Lesson 2: Systems Thinking for Change

Learn how to apply systems thinking to understand and solve complex problems.

Lesson 3: Mobilizing People for Change

Master techniques on how to effectively mobilize and engage people to drive change initiatives.

Lesson 4: Humanizing Change Initiatives

Embrace human-centered approaches to make change efforts more impactful and inclusive.

Lesson 5: Leveraging Intuition in Change Leadership

Learn how to harness intuition to enhance decision-making in change leadership.

Lesson 6: Redesigning the System

Learn how to redesign systems to create optimal conditions for sustainable change.

Lesson 7: Prototyping and Testing

Learn how to develop and test prototypes to refine change strategies.

Lesson 8: Growing Change

Make change sustainable by establishing new conditions, utilizing frictions, and telling stories to attract others.

Lesson 9: Measuring Impact of Change

Learn how to measure and evaluate the impact of change efforts.

Conclusion: Resilience and the Future

Learn how to build resilience and prepare for future challenges in change leadership.

Receive and Share Your Certificate

After completing this accelerated program, you'll receive your Change Leadership Certificate of completion via email as a downloadable PDF within 1-2 weeks of completing the final required course. Certificates are configured for uploading and sharing on LinkedIn.

Product FAQs

With our limited-time Accelerated Change Leadership course, you have two options for how to earn the IDEO U Change Leadership Certificate.

Our limited-time Accelerated Change Leadership Certificate course is a 10-week experience that includes content from the three courses that make up the IDEO U Change Leadership Certificate program: Human-Centered Systems Thinking, Leading Complex Projects, and Designing for Change. If you complete all the assignments, you will receive the IDEO U Change Leadership Certificate at the end of the 10-week experience.

The non-accelerated version of the Change Leadership Certificate consists of three distinct cohort courses. In this version, you can complete the three courses in any order and receive the Change Leadership Certificate. If you’re entirely new to the program, we recommend you take Human-Centered Systems Thinking first to help you spot opportunities for change and discover impactful places to start.  Designing for Change will take you one step further, where you’ll learn to co-create and experiment with small changes to demonstrate potential and gain support. Finally, we recommend Leading Complex Projects as the program's final course, where you’ll learn how to successfully navigate the friction and uncertainty that often come when trying to scale change. 

The single cohort-paced program typically takes 4-5 months if courses are taken consecutively.

However, there is no deadline for certificate completion. The accelerated version of the certificate program will take 10 weeks to complete.

If you’ve completed Designing for Change, Human-Centered Systems Thinking, or Leading Complex Projects as a part of another certificate program or on its own and want to complete the Change Leadership Certificate, you should take the remaining cohort courses. Completing all three courses will allow you to earn the Change Leadership Certificate.

The accelerated version of the Change Leadership Certificate is a single experience that includes content from all three courses (Designing for Change, Human-Centered Systems Thinking, and Leading Complex Projects). Completing this ten-week experience will earn you the IDEO U Change Leadership Certificate.

Unfortunately, this is the only offering of the Accelerated Change Leadership Certificate course available at the moment. Due to its design, it is not possible to transfer into the individual courses that make up the non-accelerated version of the Change Leadership Certificate Program.

The accelerated version of the IDEO U Change Leadership Certificate integrates the content from all three courses into a single 10-week learning experience. Due to its design, it is not recommended to take the accelerated version if you’ve already completed one or more of the courses that make up the Change Leadership program. We recommend that you continue to take the remaining courses as single cohort courses to complete the certificate requirements.

The course starts on Thursday, September 5, at 12:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC -7), with the introduction and lesson one opening. It fully opens on Monday, September 9, at 12:00 AM Pacific Time.

The Accelerated Change Leadership Certificate's early bird pricing is a limited-time offer: $1899 vs. the full price of $2397. The early bird pricing is available until July 15, 2024. 

Yes. Since you work in such complex systems, this certificate will be beneficial in helping you create change or navigate change within the system you’re working in. Though some of the frameworks and thinking in these courses are rooted in business, they’re still highly applicable to anyone who wants to create change or lead others through change. The case studies, terms, and examples were designed to help different individuals see themselves and their organizations in the work

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Our learning experiences have a variety of reflective activities to help you make the connections to your specific work challenges. Reflection is one of the most effective ways to deepen your professional impact.

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In order to develop new skills, you need to try them out through repeated practice and exposure to new contexts. Our courses provide opportunities to try out new behaviors online and through real-world projects.

Share

Knowledge is constructed through interaction with others—which is the foundation of our cohort experience. It’s through sharing and discussing with qualified teaching leads and a global peer network that you build greater understanding.

See

Our courses engage you through stories, expertise, and humor. Each lesson has a series of 3-5 minute videos that explain the why, what, and how of a specific topic. Plus we bring everything to life through case studies from around the globe.

Try

In order to develop new skills, you need to try them out through repeated practice and exposure to new contexts. Our courses provide opportunities to try out new behaviors online and through real-world projects.

Reflect

Our learning experiences have a variety of reflective activities to help you make the connections to your specific work challenges. Reflection is one of the most effective ways to deepen your professional impact.

Share

Knowledge is constructed through interaction with others—which is the foundation of our cohort experience. It’s through sharing and discussing with qualified teaching leads and a global peer network that you build greater understanding.