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10 Reasons Your Educators Are Resisting Your Change Initiative

Here’s a little something for you to think about over the weekend. Those resisters and naysayers in your school organization? You know, the ones that are pushing back against your change initiative? The ones that you like to complain about because ‘the train is moving’ and they’re not ‘getting on board?’ What if they’re right? 10 Reasons Your Educators Are Resisting Your Change Initiative Surprise, Surprise! Decisions or requests that are sprung on administrators and teachers without notice. Excess Uncertainty. Not knowing enough about the change will result in the "walking off a cliff blindfolded"...


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Complacency: A Leadership Imperative

by Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag The Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines complacency as "self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies." More importantly, it is a critical blind spot for leaders that left unchecked can easily tumble organizations into dangerous waters. Herb Kelleher stated it best: "The Number one threat is us. We must not let success breed complacency. A company is never more vulnerable to complacency than when it’s at the height of its success" (Freiberg, pg. 60). What happens when organizations begin to settle for a "business as usual" mindset? What are signs that an organization is ...


The Real Change Agents

Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag Over the past six months, I've asked the following question to numerous teachers, administrators, and librarians in Texas, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, and Florida: "How many of you are having ongoing conversations with students about school - a genuine conversations about learning, leading, and teaching?" The results have all been the same: few, if any, claimed to be engaging with their students. This breaks my heart because they are a critical mass for organizational change and tapping their tremendous insights is imperative to their engagement. It is also counter to the many discussions that have students at ...


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