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Rising above change

Posted on: July 13, 2016

Today I start guiding leaders who are seeking to embrace educational technology as part of organisational change efforts.

As I dug my archives and prepared new material, I found a common meta message in three artefacts.

The first was a CC-licensed image.

Most people can rationalise why they need change, but very few will actually get involved in driving the change. This was why I wrote about the differences between buy-in and ownership yesterday.

The second was an image quote I made for a keynote in April.

The hardest part of learning something new is not embracing new ideas, but letting go of old ones.

The quote provides some insight into why there is inertia. Systems have baggage that is historical, emotional, political, etc. People also cannot be loaded with more things to do; some things have to be collectively let go. While systemic change is not a zero-sum game, there must be some balance.

The third was a serendipitous tweet.

The third artefact adds to the message of the second. We have to identify inefficient and ineffective processes, and label them as they are. This is like the preliminary process of a garage sale where you decide what to keep and what to toss. We have to be cruel in the short term in order to be kind in the long run.

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