Hi <<First Name>> and thanks again for taking a look at my weekly newsletter. I have been working with a new school partner this week on a programme that is changing the learning experience for staff and students. So this week some ideas and thoughts about change.

Let's have a look at a little mental model we can use when thinking about leading change. The Principle of Least Effort states that people will naturally choose an option with the least resistance. This has also been called The Banana Principle because from all the fruit in a bowl we typically choose to eat the bananas first (yes people research this stuff). We choose bananas first because they are easier to eat compared to an orange. When we design change, how might we actively reduce the friction and resistance our colleagues experience? Inversely, we might consider how we increase friction and resistance to shift bad habits. Would you choose the banana?

In this article by George Couros he reminds us that when we think about organisational change we have to look at out own leadership behaviours and not just at others. We might lament the fact that change is not happening quick enough but we might be unduly influencing the designed change through our own behaviour. Have a look at his 5 questions to explore as a leader of change. The questions related to learning vision and "less is more" (Pareto Principle) resonated strongly with my work with school partners. Which questions are important to you in your context?

How well do you know the influence of your own disposition on the work you are attempting to lead? This is often referred to as a leadership blindspot, a lack of awareness in how your mindset influences the ideas you design and the programmes you lead. Bill O’Brien, the late CEO of Hanover Insurance once pointed out, "The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor." Not to be outdone by Alec Couros ;-) I have 6 handy questions you can use to explore the conditions of a problem you are working on. When you engage in these types of questions you increase self-awareness and the ability to regulate the influence of your disposition. Take a look at my full blog post Change your thinking, change your mindset

Did you know that the symbol for change or difference is the triangle Δ which in Ancient Greek was the letter Delta? (yes the same shape as a river delta). Have a great weekend and see you next time.
~ Tom 
Dialogic Learning

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