I have been a fan of TW's thinking and writing for many years. This work only reinforces the rightness of my fanhood.
My big takeaways from this TW work:
- There are three levels of change possible in organizations – Procedural change, structural change, cultural change.
- Employeees/teachers come in six varieties
- 1. WOW – walks on water, the role model
- 2. Impacter – great in the classroom
- 3. Stabilizer – solid at everything
- 4. Dow Joneser – pluses and minuses
- Mediocres/Replacement Level
- 5. Harmless – no complaints, little benefit
- 6. Negative Force – addition by subtraction
- Seems like have have played all those roles at one time or another. I'm working diligently to stay in that top tier.
- Start somewhere, not everywhere. Yep. Somehow, someway, just get off the starting line.
- Squint if necessary. Great advice for taking the big picture view (and avoiding micromanagement).
- Include in your toolbox these simple but effective strategies: weekly staff memos, frequent classroom or work site visits, thoughtful meeting room arrangements, notes of appreciation connected to improvement of climate/culture, positive phone calls to parents/customers.
My favorite quote:
“Managing change in schools [organizations] is never straightforward. It’s much more like playing chess than like playing checkers.” (p. 2).
Another good work by TW. I highly recommend.