Ready or Not, Change is Here

Change leadership is a term that’s been around for quite some time. Heck, Who Moved My Cheese? (*Amazon Link), is a classic MBA quick read, but we are living in a time of change that has nothing to do with moving a block of cheese. It has everything to do with replacing the entire menu!

We ask top educational thinkers and leaders about change recently and the discussion was rich with insights.

Planning to Regroup During Change

Change brings stress and often unneeded chaos. We would do well to plan for the pressure by planning “pit stops”.

As always interpersonal relationships are paramount – especially during times of change and ongoing improvement.

Wanting to plan and not being able to because things keep changing is hard. To relieve stress I laugh with my team.

Adriana Garza

Laughter, planning for pit stops, and even creating new systems of colleague support are essential to ensure change is positive.

This will take a massive team effort – and perhaps a systematic way to check on colleagues’ well-being, as we’re so focused on our students and our families.

Dr. Steve Kucinski

Readiness For Change

No intentional and positive change occurs without first being ready for it. That’s why change readiness is essential for schools.

As a school leader, how do you assess readiness for change? How do you prepare your people for change? How do you lead change?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Here are two more ideas from school leaders.

The first stresses the importance of empowerment and delegation for principals.

I worked hard this summer to plan with my APs, give them more responsibility, & delegate more to them. This has never been my strength, but I know that I can’t manage everything & do it well. Also working hard to give myself Grace & recognize when I need a time out.

Robin Lisa Shrum

Preparing a school for change also means preparing yourself for change. Maintaining self-awareness and self-regulation is essential for leaders.

I am planning to be esp mindful to MAKE time to stop, listen, + know when I run ‘out of gas’. Sometimes I deplete my energy before I even am aware. I have thought about setting aside time each day, even just 1 hr to just be still + let things go.

Jillian DuBois

Join The Discussion

How do you manage the pressure of change? What tips or strategies have helped you as an educator or educational leader? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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