Jamie's School Dinners Series.

Author:Mannix, Ursula C.
Position:Video recording review

Jamie's School Dinners Series, Video, 2005, AIM Learning Group, Inc., $870-$1495.

Support: leader guide, participant workbook, customizable worksheets.

You could re-title this program, The Naked Chef Meets the Institutional Meal. In it, a kinetic celebrity chef from the U.K., Jamie Oliver (author of The Naked Chef cookbooks and host of TV cooking shows), sets out to change the dreadful quality of school meals in a London school. After succeeding there, he takes on the entire metropolitan system and its preference for processed over fresh food.

What does this have to do with corporate learning? Although Oliver never graduated from secondary school, he's an accomplished serial entrepreneur and change agent. His intuition and energy plus an overlay of current thinking on change are on display in the Video Arts DVD program, Jamie's School Dinners: Managing and Living with Change.

Principles of change

It provides a roadmap that expertly details the principles applying to the two sides of change: the people who drive it (change agents) and the people who must adapt to it. The DVD documents the process Oliver followed to improve the quality of school meals at one London school, then in the entire system. Oliver's experience is the foundation for the training sessions.

The training sessions built around Part I emphasize that to institute change, four essential principles must be present: passion, people, planning, and perseverance. Part II describes the process employees go through when they are subjected to major change.

This process is alliterative too, but with four r's rather than p's, beginning with "Reject it" and ending (in theory, at least) with "Resolve it," the stage where individuals embrace the new opportunities that change affords.

All programs on the change management process assume that the change is...

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