Capitol Club gets tips on organizational change

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Leading an organization through change was the hot topic at this morning’s Capitol Club meeting, held at the Vivint headquarters in Orem.

Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland (pictured, right), who leads the largest public institute of higher learning in the state–and one of the fastest growing in the nation–shared his insight on the role leadership plays in change.

Holland says every organization creates culture to some degree. He says change management is about culture management.

“Leaders make mistakes by paying too little attention to process and pace,” said Pres. Holland.

Vivnt CEO Todd Pedersen added that innovation and evolution are key to the survival and success of any organization.

“We know if we don’t look completely different in five years, we won’t likely be in business,” said Pedersen.

Both leaders addressed the issue of balancing the need for input from the team and charting the course for the organization. Both say you have to listen and take input, but ultimately the decisions rests with the leader to move the organization forward.

The Salt Lake Chamber Capitol Club is composed of business leaders with a keen interest in policy issues affecting Utah’s business community. The Capitol Club meets monthly to engage with policy and business leaders regarding the most pressing policy issues of the day.

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