Thursday, 5 July 2012

How do I find the leverage point for change?

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Sit as a group around a large piece of paper, felts and post its.
Step 1
Clarify your question you need an answer to. EG: What does an effective 21st century classroom look like? Write on a large piece of paper at one end.

Step 2
Define the influencing factors
Each person writes 3 things on different post its and keep it secret.
One at a time go around the circle, read out challenge and place post it on the sheet of paper until all shared and discussed for clarity.

Step 3
Map connections
Collaboratively organise all post it's in order like a domino effect with "What influences that...? What influences that....?" Always go back to the big picture. Identify the connections instead of the parts.

Step 4
Identify the leverage point.
Know where to apply change and focus your attention. It is important that you select leverage point you can do something about, some things you may not be able to change.
Pick out 4 things to achieve using these leverage points.

Step 5
Act with clarity
Now you know where to focus your attention to create effective change.

This strategy will develop trust with key players, and get them all on the same page.

Make it such an attractive journey they will want to take it. They will be compelled to move forward.
Teachers will become designers of their learning.

This model has been developed from the 'iceberg model' by Chris Jansen at Canterbury University.
I was introduced to this concept at the emerging leaders summit presented by Chris Jansen from Canterbury University.'+Summit+2012

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