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Leading Change In Your School (In Business & Goverment, Too)! — Overview

First Posted: 27 Apr 2009 (Recovered the 10 posts I accidentally deleted.  I’ll post them again for the next two weeks.  Enjoy!  Love to hear your thoughts! :))

I don’t know about you but I get very frustrated when I find myself implementing the same ineffective strategies to solve the same old problem.

Pain, for me, is definitely a catalyst for change.  How about you?

As the old Chinese saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”  That’s exactly what happened last Friday when I found Leading Change in Your School: How to Conquer Myths, Build Commitment, and Get Results in my mailbox.

For the next seven posts, I’d like to share and look deeper into the seven myths (and possible solutions) discussed in this book (There’s so much to digest!  I’d greatly appreciate your insights and expertise!):

  1. Myth #1: Plan your way to greatness.
  2. Myth #2: Just a little bit better is good enough.
  3. Myth #3: We want you to change us … really.
  4. Myth #4: People love to collaborate.
  5. Myth #5: Hierarchy changes systems.
  6. Myth #6: Volume equals VOLUME
  7. Myth #7: The leader is a perfect composite of every trait.

Last but not least, author Douglas B. Reeves quotes Michael Fullan’s The Six Secrets of Change (2008), where Fullan describes six conditions he believes is necessary for organizations to successfully achieve and maintain change:

  • Love Your Employees — invest in the development and well-being of your employees.
  • Connect Peers with Purpose — foster continuous and purposeful peer interaction.
  • Capacity Building Prevails — invest in the development of individual and collaborative efficacy of a whole group or system to accomplish significant improvement.
  • Learning Is the Work — view working and learning to work better as one and the same.
  • Transparency Rules — Clearly and continuously share results and the practices that led to the results (yeah — two heads are definitely better than one!)
  • Systems Learn — The system learns from itself on a continuous basis.  People in the system learn new things all the time.

Reminds me of the good old “Golden Rule” — treat others the way you want to be treated (not “The one with the gold rules”).

From theory to practice — from thoughts to action — together, I know we can make our world a better place! :)

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May 23, 2009 - Posted by | Attitude, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Marketing, Mind, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Spirit, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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