Kotter's 8-Step Change Model - Change Management Skills from MindTools.com Implementing Change Powerfully and Successfully Learn how to implement change powerfully and successfully Change is the only constant. – Heraclitus, Greek philosopher What was true more than 2,000 years ago is just as true today. We live in a world where "business as usual" is change. New initiatives, project-based working, technology improvements, staying ahead of the competition – these things come together to drive ongoing changes to the way we work. Whether you're considering a small change to one or two processes, or a system wide change to an organization, it's common to feel uneasy and intimidated by the scale of the challenge. You know that the change needs to happen, but you don't really know how to go about delivering it. There are many theories about how to "do" change. Step 1: Create Urgency For change to happen, it helps if the whole company really wants it. This isn't simply a matter of showing people poor sales statistics or talking about increased competition. Note: Key Points
4 Ways to Transform Your School Culture In a traditional high school, students sit at their desks and listen to their English teacher talk about Rip Van Winkle's adventure in the Catskill Mountains. They hear that the man in Washington Irving's short story fell asleep for 20 years, and when he returned to his village, he found that everything had changed. His wife had died, his close friends were gone, and the American colonies had thrown off the shackles of British authority. Once the bell rang, the students walked to math class, sat through another lecture and left the building at 2:30 p.m. This day was much like many others in their academic career. “If you woke up and walked into modern society, the one place you’d recognize clearly is a public school,” he said. While the world changes, schools in the United States have remained the same, and if kids around the globe are learning different skills, U.S. students could be left behind. 1. "We can’t just come in and say, 'This is how it’s going to be,'" he said. 2. 3. 4.
Coercion and Attraction/Pursuasion | Joseph Nye By Joseph S. Nye Understanding of leadership is often limited by stereotypes about power, role and gender. In an information age where networks become more important, the soft power of attraction and persuasion becomes as important as the hard power of coercion and payment. Similarly, co-option becomes as important as command. The enormous potential of human leadership ranges from Attila the Hun to Mother Teresa, yet we often succumb to simple stereotypes about leadership and power. Smart generals today know how to lead with more than just the use of force. Many autocratic rulers – in Zimbabwe or Belarus, among others — still lead in the old fashion today. To continue reading, subscribe using the link on the homepage to our digital edition for £4.99 for three months or purchase one article for $1 per day.
Design Thinking About this course Welcome to the Macromedia University Design Thinking MOOC. The first Macromedia University MOOC Design Thinking is about understanding and implementing the methodology of Design Thinking. You will learn how Design Thinking uses creative, human centered techniques as a strategic approach to stimulate innovation. At MHMK, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, we believe that human needs and experience should drive innovation – not technology. Being a school whose graduates will engage in designing the digital landscape surrounding us, we like to share our conviction of a good, decent and ethical way of creating tomorrows products and services. Sign up now! What to Expect The Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking links theoretical frames with practice. Week by week we invite you to meet academics, professionals and students, who are using Design Thinking in the creative industries as well as in management in order to solve problems of great complexity. > firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning Culture Digital Tools Teaching Strategies In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers. Here’s a look at current trends in teaching and learning, their implications, and changes to watch for. The Three Key Trends 1. If Web 2.0 has taught us anything, it’s to play nicely together. Lenny Gonzalez Napa New Tech High students working together. Sharing information and connecting with others — whether we know them personally or not — has proven to be a powerful tool in education. They’re finding each other on their own kid-specific social networking sites, on their blogs, on schools’ sites, and of course on Facebook and Twitter. Educators Unite But social networking is not just for teens, as evidenced by the 500 million-plus Facebook users. Collaboration is also finding its way into curriculum with open-source sites to which everyone is encouraged to contribute. 2. 3.
Creating the Best Workplace on Earth Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for. What would it be like? For three years we’ve been investigating this question by asking hundreds of executives in surveys and in seminars all over the world to describe their ideal organization. What did they mean? We call this “the organization of your dreams.” These principles might all sound commonsensical. Yet, few, if any, organizations possess all six virtues. So the company of your dreams remains largely aspirational. Let People Be Themselves When companies try to accommodate differences, they too often confine themselves to traditional diversity categories—gender, race, age, ethnicity, and the like. The vice chancellor at one of the world’s leading universities, for instance, would walk around campus late at night to locate the research hot spots. The ideal organization makes explicit efforts to transcend the dominant currents in its culture. Arup approaches its work holistically. Unleash the Flow of Information
Welcome to the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking Welcome to the d.school’s Virtual Crash Course resource page! We know not everyone can make a trip to the d.school to experience how we teach design thinking. So, we created this online version of one of our most frequently sought after learning tools. Using the video, handouts, and facilitation tips below, we will take you step by step through the process of hosting or participating in a 90 minute design challenge. If you choose to participate, in 90 minutes you will be taken through a full design cycle by participating in The Gift-Giving Project. This is a fast-paced project where participants pair up to interview each other, identify real needs, and develop a solution to “redesign the gift-giving experience” for their partner. Through this experience we hope you will take away some of the basic principles of Design Thinking and start to adapt them into your personal and professional routines. Below, you will find three sections: Gear Up!
10 Simple Ideas for Transforming Your Teaching This School Year Posted by Shelly Terrell on Sunday, August 26th 2012 “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”~ William Butler Yeats Many of us will face many new learners as a new semester of classes begin. For many of us this can be a frightening and stressful experience. Unfortunately, the system isn’t exactly cut out to support students in exploration. I have often been a new teacher in my career. I want to give you permission. Ask a question with many answers or no answer at all.Give your students reign for one class period. Many of these ideas can be found in The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators.
Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance The Idea in Brief What most influences your company’s bottom-line performance? The answer will surprise you—and make perfect sense: It’s a leader’s own mood. Executives’ emotional intelligence—their self-awareness, empathy, rapport with others—has clear links to their own performance. Emotional intelligence travels through an organization like electricity over telephone wires. Emotional leadership isn’t just putting on a game face every day. The Idea in Practice Strengthening Your Emotional Leadership Since few people have the guts to tell you the truth about your emotional impact, you must discover it on your own. 1. Example: Sofia, a senior manager, often micromanaged others to ensure work was done “right.” 2. 3. Juan, a marketing executive, was intimidating, impossible to please—a grouch. 4. Tom, an executive, wanted to learn how to coach rather than castigate struggling employees. 5. Managing one’s inner life is not easy, of course. No Way!
The Fundamentals of Change Management Posted on 02/16/2012 at 08:00 am “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent,it is the one most adaptable to change” -Charles Darwin Today’s business environment is defined by change, whether it is a shift in leadership, modified customer requirements, new legislation or stiffer competition, organizations are continuously adapting and reinventing themselves to stay viable. Flexibility and agility are no longer nice to have, they are strategic imperatives. The ability to maintain continuity with fewer resources and greater demands while integrating change, literally defines which organizations succeed, thrive and survive. What is change management and why is it important? From a business standpoint, change management focuses on planning and implementing transactional change (quick, short term change activities) and transformational change (deep, long term fundamental change) in order to facilitate delivery of sustainable benefits at minimum cost and risk.
What Does It Mean To Be A Change Leader in Education? Over the past 20 years, I have studied and worked with educators who have aspired to be change leaders in a wide variety of schools in the US and elsewhere. The most effective of these change leaders – whether they are classroom teachers, principals, or systems leaders – share a number of common practices. First, successful change leaders clearly articulate the need for change to a variety of audiences in ways that are intellectually coherent and emotionally compelling. The ability to do this requires that change leaders immerse themselves into radically different worlds. The first world that change leaders must understand deeply is the world for which they are preparing their students. The second world effective change leaders understand is the world of students. Highly effective change leaders don’t merely preach these things to their teachers and parents, however. The best change leaders I know bring their understanding of these two worlds into the classroom every single day.
10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Communicate August 1st, 2012 By: Alvina Lopez Even the most eloquent of public and private speakers could always stand to tweak their communication skills just a little bit. After all, the ability to convey feelings and facts stands as essential to keeping the human species rolling along. Both the Internet and bookshelves sport advice a-go-go on how to get points across as clearly as possible, and the venerable open source lecture series TED does not disappoint in this regard. Its best offerings regarding human connectivity encourage essentials not always discussed in manuals and textbooks, so give them some consideration and use them to launch more exploration into how to grow into an effective, evocative communicator. Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch: If communications with people on opposite sides of political, cultural, religious and other common divides so often proves extremely problematic, try Elizabeth Lesser’s simple-but-effective approach.
School Is a Prison — And Damaging Our Kids Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Goodluz August 30, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Parents send their children to school with the best of intentions, believing that’s what they need to become productive and happy adults. But what if the real problem is school itself? School is a place where children are compelled to be, and where their freedom is greatly restricted — far more restricted than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. Compulsory schooling has been a fixture of our culture now for several generations. Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not of research into how children learn. When schools were taken over by the state and made compulsory, and directed toward secular ends, the basic structure and methods of schooling remained unchanged. It’s no wonder that, today, even the “best students” (maybe especially them) often report that they are “burned out” by the schooling process.