- Managing Change in the Workplace
Dr. Robert Pennington, is an educational psychologist who specializes in increasing productivity by reducing the resistance to change and conflict in both individuals and organizations. Dr. Pennington travels extensively consulting with corporations and government agencies undergoing massive change.
Dr. Pennington received his undergraduate degree in computer science and psychology and his Ph.D. in educational psychology. As a Research Associate with the R&D Center for Teacher Education he has developed practical applications of the Concerns Based Adoption Model, a process for facilitating the successful adoption of any innovation within an organization by addressing employee concerns for Self, Task, and Impact.
His programs, Successfully Managing the Stress of Change and Successful Work Relationships have become standard “flagship trainings” in some of our nation’s largest organizations. His programs are consistently rated, “the best I have ever taken” & “I wish my spouse and supervisor could attend.”
Dr. Pennington also works indepth with organizations undergoing stressful and rapid change. He has consulted with the U.S. Navy during base closings; supported the Architect of the Capitol in enhancing supervisory skills; coordinated NASA’s Johnson Space Center assessment of it’s workforce’s effectiveness in dealing with change; and assisted employees of British Petroleum and Amoco in addressing their merging of different corporate cultures. His consultation and organizational diagnosis skills assist management in many large corporations, government agencies and professional associations in identifying critical issues and relationships which produce constructive change.
Dr. Pennington’s presentation and speaking style is refreshingly informal and uniquely engaging. He involves his audience directly, making complex issues understandable in a delightfully common-sense manner. His entertaining insights and delivery make him one of today’s most powerful and unforgettable speakers. Four-time recipient of the Mental Health Association’s Outstanding Speaker Award and consistently rated, “one of the best presenters I’ve ever heard”, you can count on Rob to create a memorable and transforming program for your organization.
His ‘signature story’ of having been shot in the center of his chest by an unknown assailant armed with a 38 caliber gun amazes every audience. His presentations include practical tools and techniques which he uses himself in dealing successfully with the everyday challenges of being self-employed while also caring for a spouse who is challenged with multiple sclerosis. The insights and wisdom he shares represent a credibility born of extensive academic research and profound personal experience.