Convincing others to accept and share your vision while providing the tools to self-navigate through the process of change can be daunting. Take a moment and consider the following:
People know how to change, they do it every day. They encounter a detour on the road to work and have to take a different route. They go to the grocery store and the cereal has been moved or discontinued. Somehow they still arrive at work and they find breakfast food. They know their vision and navigate the change to find a solution.
We are acutely aware that organizational change is not as simple as driving to work or shopping for breakfast cereal. How does a leader make sustainable change in an organization? William Bridges states in his book Managing Transitions, “Change is situational. Transition is psychological. Getting people through the transition is essential if the change is actually to work as planned. When a change happens without people going through a transition, it is just a rearrangement of the chairs.”
Have you ever felt like you were in a place where all you did was rearrange the chairs? We believe it’s a common problem in schools today. It’s not uncommon for veteran teachers to say things like, “this too shall pass.” or “Same thing, different name.” We both can speak of numerous experiences we’ve shared in this realm during our educational careers. The world has changed. Education is beginning to change at a rapid pace. With the additional tools that a mobile society brings, opportunities for learning have exceeded what many may dream. However, there is so much more happening and it’s not going at a snails pace. Innovative leaders are creating spaces where learning can occur outside of buildings. Teachers are embracing new pedagogy where learning is occurring in the classroom, outside of the classroom, and on days when school is not in session. Transformation in education occurs when students are able to apply learning not only in the classroom with common core and state standards but to their daily life.
Creating transitional change within an organization should be at the top of every leaders priority. Healthy organizations experience constant change and leadership must help others share in the vision so they can self-navigate. We are going to spend the next few weeks writing about a few strategies that have helped us implement change within organizations. Over the next few weeks we will share a number of posts to assist: Vision setting and four strategies we have used to build sustainable change structures.
Join us at ISTE 2015 to learn more about how this process will work in your organization:
Strategies for Guiding Sustainable Change in Any Organization Monday, June 29, 12:30-3:30
Leadership in and Era of Change Tuesday, June 30, 2:15-3:15