How and where to start the Change process?
Start at the problem, apparently ‘they’re our friends‘
Too often we fail before we even start. We think of all the things that could go wrong and try to tick off a majority of boxes to see if it is viable in improving the current situation. If it’s not we look at improving secondary issues, which don’t actually solve the problem in the first place.
I’ve seen leaders try and preempt the end product and get frustrated when the change process that they employ ‘goes off track’ because it’s not getting the result they want. My learning is that everyone who is a part of the ‘change’ needs to own the solution, and at the same time take it in a direction not previously thought of.
To initiate successful change, where the problem can be owned, it must be credible to all involved. The most simplistic way for the problem to be credible is for it to be transformed and measured as DATA. The problem should therefore be data driven and also measurable in success.
“START WITH THE PROBLEM, BUT MAKE SURE THE PROBLEM IS DATA DRIVEN”
I recently heard Prof. Vivian Robinson talk about her theory on Leading Change. She discusses the importance of driving change through data gathering. She also spoke about a structure which would help deliver what we all want; success for ourselves professionally, and success for our students.
She looks at a six step framework for leading successful change. These are:
1. Establishing Goals
2. Strategic Resourcing
3. Planning, Coordinating and Evaluating Teaching and Learning
4. Promoting and Participating in Teacher Learning and Development
5. Ensuring an Orderly and Supportive Environment
Please click on the link below to listen to Prof. Vivian Robinson’s ideas on change management. This presentation gives an overview of her model and I will follow this up at a latter date with another of her discussions based on a more practical outlook of LEADING THE CHANGE.
Prof. Vivian Robinson’s profile and work: University of Auckland New Zealand