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Influencing Change

Leading organizational change is not an easy thing to do especially at the beginning of the school year. It is a time when teachers are bombarded with new policies and programs to incorporate into the new school year. That's why it's important to choose a few vital behaviors that will give you the most bang for your buck to avoid over-promising and under-performing. Have you ever written a New Year's Revolution resolution only to abandon it come February? It’s possible you did not maximize your sources of influence.

Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler (2013) studied influential people around the world and discovered six sources of influence when it comes to change. These sources are broken into the categories of personal, social, and structural and then split into motivational and ability subsets. They conducted further research and observed that when people or organizations used four or more of the sources of influence, the likelihood of success increased tenfold.