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Think Big - Plan with Intention - Build Buy-In

On January 11, five aspiring leaders from Lutheran schools came together to finalize and share their plans for action research, the hallmark and capstone of their two year Future Leaders Academy journey. Representing preschools, elementary, and secondary schools, they are focused on real areas of opportunity at each of their respective schools.

Here’s the approach the group has taken, in a nutshell:

  1. Assess the current situation: What’s working? Where are opportunities for growth?
  2. Develop a research question.
  3. Begin Plan - Do - Study - Act process, focusing first on the current situation and what is make it the way it is.
  4. With an idea based in reality, develop improvement theories.

At this point, our cohort has gotten to this point in the process, and will spend the next couple of months testing the improvement theories in an effort to collect data and share out their learnings.

Though the action research process is a valuable one, the larger goal of this portion of Future Leaders Academy is to empower future leaders with one approach to engage in change and develop initiatives grounded in reality and moving toward possibility.

A weakness?

Each of these future leaders is working independently, a silo of sorts in their own school. While administrators at the schools are supportive, the goal is very much isolated to the interests of the future leader, him or herself.

The better option? Sharing the work.

Seth Godin has a clear and powerful set of agreements that hold promise for school leaders looking to engage in change efforts with colleagues. It implies a certain level of collegiality and provides an approach to building buy-in and working toward collaboration.

What do you think? Could you work with these agreements as you plan your next change initiative?


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