Successful leaders commit to putting people first.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented change for schools all over the country. Education has been forced to transform before our eyes. Our schools are rising to the challenge, serving as a model for change and transition, despite the obstacles. Casey Blochowiak shares how leaders in her district made decisions that prioritized service and learning to support their quick and successful transition to virtual learning and work.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- What learning practices were implemented that prepared leaders and employees to transition to virtual work and learning?
- How can school districts use data and measure success now that learning has gone virtual?
- How can leaders make decisions that sustain relationships during difficult times?
Change is constant for all of us. This is true in our personal lives-I think about iPhone changes that send me into fits of frenzy. Changes also occur daily in our work lives. Because change causes us to adjust routines and thinking, it can be frustrating.
Nothing stays the same. In fact, if we keep doing things the same way we've always done them, it's likely our performance will decline. Change is the only constant in our organizations and in life, and for most, change is uncomfortable. For organizations to stay relevant and innovative, teams must work through fears quickly.
The first step to understanding how to help our teams get comfortable with change is to develop awareness of the most common pitfalls in leading change. People don't always welcome change. In fact, change is often resisted. Providing effective leadership in times of change is an important, yet often overlooked skill.
A continuous flow of change exists in most organizations. Leaders can thrive in times of change by maintaining an awareness of internal and external factors that influence the organization. Commit to continuous assessment and improvement.