What are the ION Talks?

The ION Talks are three short videos produced to inform and support the partners in the workforce system as they manage the changes required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). They are designed to provide both insights and strategies for understanding individual and organizational reactions to change. The three ION talks are:

• Leading Change – Transformational Leadership
• Change is Constant – Individual Resiliency
• Reconfiguring the System – Organizational Resiliency

Who should use the ION Talks?

Leaders of change – or the innovation required by WIOA – are needed at all levels and in many roles and places within the workforce, education, and human services systems. State and Local Boards, One-Stop Centers, Regional Organizations, Industry Sector Partnerships – basically any group can benefit from viewing and discussing processes for managing change.

How should the ION Talks be used?

The ION Talks are designed to provoke thought, discussion, planning, and action for the process of managing change. The best results will be achieved by identifying a facilitator (internal or external to the group) who can plan the meeting, manage participation, ensure productive inquiry, and document outcomes. Each video has an accompanying discussion guide that outlines the video’s focus, poses discussion questions, and asks participants to plan action steps for change implementation.

Click on each ION Talk – Transformational Change, Individual Resiliency, and Organization Resiliency – under “Related Content” to access the video and discussion guide.