So you want to implement your awesome new idea at your school?  I know I do.  I don’t see myself as much of a leader (I’ve already confessed to being a 100% introvert), nor have I ever helped to spearhead any kind of major organizational transformation.  The craziest idea I launched myself was to create a library on wheels for my church when we had no building… the thought of people not being able to grow and learn through books motivated me out of my shell.  I know.  Earth shaking.

But this is different.  The knowledge I have gathered here is from men and women who are truly experts in the field of changing not only human behavior – which is at the heart of any organizational shift – but also at designing entire step by step systems which are proven to yield outstanding results.

I offer you Simon Sinek’s inspiration of the WHY because it is pretty much a modern day proverb: people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.  As a language teacher, why do I care enough to add more work to my already overflowing plate and try something new? Why do I believe in this blended learning approach?  Why should you?  Check out my WHY.  What makes me tick…we might have something in common.

Based on the wisdom of Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, I have developped an Influencer plan.  Influencer is the name of their book which I highly recommend.  From the research they have poured years into, comes the steps I have mirrored to reflect my circumstances.  I intend to use this plan very shortly when I begin to launch my innovative plan within my department.  This book is not only incredibly interesting but it left me seeing things in my own classroom much differently than before.  Behavior change is the hardest to create – Influencer helps you stack the deck in your favor.  Check out the concepts in this short video:

Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling brought me further clarity and a truly concrete path to follow when implementing change in their book The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  I learned a tremendous amount from this book and invite you to read more about the specifics of the 4 disciplines and the 5 steps in my 4DX plan.  This is where the rubber meets the road.

Another book I would be amiss to neglect mentioning is Crucial conversations by the same Joseph Grenny, McMillan, Patterson and Switzler from Influencer.  Change requires having some seriously high stakes conversations with influencial decision makers.  This book will equip you to do that confidently.  I always thought I was a rather diplomatic person but the truth is that when I care deeply about a subject, I tend to get emotional very quickly.  Crucial conversations helps me prepare and anticipate my reaction, working around it to maintain a safe, open discussion with others.  Find out more in this helpful video and in my page below:

 

Change is possible – and many times it is desperately needed.  Yet it is never easy.  I am not much of a planner.  Typically if something grabs me I will jump first and look later.  So these three books have completely opened my eyes to the rich possibilities that lay ahead when a little forethought, metrics, measures, goals and strategic planning happen before the jump.  Success becomes much more than a possibility – it becomes a high probability.