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Creating Change Through An Organization Essay

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Creating the Change Creating change through an organization can be difficult especially when the leader is the outsider coming into a new city. Miriam Krehbiel, the President, and CEO of United Way of Greater Topeka, stirred the pot of the Topeka United Way and created change as the new CEO coming from California. Strong leadership and devotion helped guide Krehbiel through different forms of leadership. These main concepts that connect with Krehbiel’s time of change in the Topeka United Way were two principles from Jim Collins’, Good to Great, traditional change agent, adaptive leadership, and a leader with a complex system. Through Krehbiels’ creative ideas for the Topeka United way, she created change and updated the organization’s way of conducting business. These changes were greatly accepted, yet the people revolted against change at the same time. Good to Great, by Jim Collins explains two concepts that Krehbiel demonstrated on her journey to change the Topeka community. Collins’ concepts were getting the right people on the bus, and Level 5 Leadership. Collins said, “Look, I don’t really know where we should take this bus, but I know this much: If we get the right people on the bus, the right people in the right seats, and the wrong people off the bus, then we’ll figure out how to take it someplace great” (Collins, 2001). This concept of getting the right people on the bus was exactly what Krehbiel was trying to achieve through her journey of change with the
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