Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities
In Your School- Do all stakeholders subscribe to the belief that EVERYONE has something to learn and EVERYONE has something to teach? This blog can help you gain insight on how to facilitate this transformative mindset with your faculty!

Aug 8, 2011

Change is Emotional

As I mentioned a few days ago, I just finished this book called Our Iceberg is Melting. It's a story that gives a humorous account of the change process (just like Who Moved My Cheese?). But the thing that I really liked about the book is how many of the characters were affected so emotionally. It's a good reminder of the importance of effective communication during times of change.

Since the book was based upon Kotter's 8 Steps for producing lasting change, I went back and reviewed those pretty thoroughly after reading the book. Here they are

1. Set the Stage and create a sense of urgency.
2. Pull together the guiding team.
3. Decide what to do and develop the change vision and strategy.
4. Communicate for understanding and buy-in.
5. Empower others to act.
6. Produce short-term wins.
7. Don't let up.
8. Make it stick- Create a new culture.

I read Kotter's book, Leading Change, a couple of years ago. That book really elaborates on each of these. If you are in position where you're trying to influence others to change, I strongly recommend it.