Strengths and Weaknesses in a Self‐Reflection Essay

Strengths and Weaknesses in a Self‐Reflection Essay

In this reflective writing exercise, you will analyze your strengths and challenges in the context of incorporating change, using critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Read: Kotter’s Eight Step Change Model

In summary, the eight steps are:

  • Create a Sense of Urgency
  • Build a Guiding Coalition
  • Form a Strategic Vision and Initiatives
  • Enlist a Volunteer Army
  • Enable Action by Removing Barriers
  • Generate Short‐Term Wins
  • Sustain Acceleration



Using Kotter’s change model and any additional concepts learned through the readings and lecture pages, write a self‐reflection essay that answers the following:

  • Reflect on the concept of a scholar‐practitioner and its application to integrate practices to effect change in your organization.
  • What do urgency, change, management, and complexity mean to you?
  • Describe the role you play as a change agent.
  • Select a situation where you were an employee or leader, and explain how change has affected your behavior and motivation to adapt to or improve operational efficiencies.



  • Your paper should be 5 double-spaced pages including introduction and conclusion.
  • In this self‐reflective assignment, you need to back up your ideas and claims with scholarly sources. Please cite at least two scholarly sources that are not required readings in the course.
  • Keep in mind that critical reasoning and thinking skills are not the same as an opinion. While it is acceptable to write in first‐person, be sure to support your ideas with valid, reputable, and scholarly articles.
  • Remember, you must support your thinking/opinions and prior knowledge with references.
  • In-text citation used throughout the assignment and APA-formatted reference list.
  • Please no plagiarism and sources should not be older than 5 years.
  • Include headings organize the content in your work.




Please note: We were told not to use the sources below in this paper because they are the required readings.


  • Chapter 1 in Implementing Organizational Change
  • Ashkenas, R., Siegal, W., & Spiegel, M. (2013). Mastering organizational complexity: A core competence for 21st century leaders. In A. B. Shani, D. Noumair, W. A. Pasmore, & R. Woodman (Eds.), Research in organizational change and development (pp. 29-56). United Kingdom: Emerald.
  • Hashim, M. (2013). Change managementInternational Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences. 3(7), 685-694.
  • Polites, G. L., & Karahanna, E. (2013). The embeddedness of information systems habits in organizational and individual level routines: Development and disruptionMIS Quarterly37(1), 221-246.
  • Spector, B. (2013). Chapter 1: Organizational change[PowerPoint slides]. Implementing organizational change: Theory into practice (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.


  • Lawrence, E., Ruppel, C. P., & Tworoger, L. C. (2014). The emotions and cognitions during organizational change: The importance of the emotional work for leaders.Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications & Conflict, 18(1), 257-273.
  • Packard, T. (2013). Organizational change: A conceptual framework to advance the evidence baseJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 23(1), 75-90.


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