Center for Creative Leadership Series

    Ideas into Action Guidebooks

    Aimed at practicing nurse managers and nursing executives who are concerned with their professional development and that of others/their staff, each guidebook in this series gives specific advice on how to solve a leadership problem and successfully handle developmental challenges.



    Adaptability: Responding Effectively to Change
    In today’s health care environment, the complexity and pace of change can be daunting. Adaptability is a necessary skill for all leaders to develop in order to respond effectively to change. Learn how to develop your own adaptability and foster it in others.

    Lead Contributors
    Allan Calarco is the group manager for all open-enrollment offerings at CCL’s Brussels campus. He is a certified feedback specialist and executive coach. Allan holds a master’s degree in counseling from Shippensburg University.

    Joan Gurvis is CCL’s Greensboro campus director. She manages the faculty, open-enrollment and custom programs, conducts research, and is certified feedback specialist. A registered nurse, Joan holds a BSN from Duke University and an MSN from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. MORE>>



    Adapting to Organizational Change
    No matter where you are in your career, you’ve probably dealt with some form of organizational change. To be a successful leader, you must learn to adapt to a wide variety of situations, opportunities, and environments. Learn the tools and strategies that will allow you to not only survive change but thrive in it. MORE>>



    Building Resiliency: How to Thrive in Times of Change
    It may be human nature to resist change – particularly when it’s delivered as a hardship, disappointment, or rejection. Learn how to develop your own store of resiliency and increase your ability to handle the unknown and view change as an opportunity for development.

    Lead Contributors
    Mary Lynn Pulley, PhD is the author of Losing Your Job–Reclaiming Your Soul: Stories of Resilience, Renewal, and Hope (Jossey- Bass, 1997), which describes how individuals can be resilient and thrive in the face of corporate change.

    Michael Wakefield is a manager of trainer development at CCL. He holds an MA in psychology from Lone Mountain College (now part of the University of San Francisco), is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. MORE>>


    Responses to Change: Helping People Manage Transition
    Organizations are in a current state of change and people working in these environments need different kinds of help in order to make the successful transition. This guidebook will help you understand how people, including yourself, are responding to change and what you can do to help them move forward.

    Lead Contributor
    Kerry A. Bunker is a Senior Fellow at CCL’s Greensboro campus. He is the manager of the Awareness Program for Executive Excellence (APEX)® and Leading People through Transition. He has a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of South Florida. MORE>>

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent member nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

    The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is an international, nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to advance the understanding, practice, and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide. We conduct research, produce publications, and provide a broad variety of educational programs and products to leaders and organizations in the public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.

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