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Stages, Whirlwinds, and Disciplines Oh My!

When life gets going we tend to let the whirlwind of daily tasks get in the way of accomplishing our goals. We get bogged down and discouraged. We had a great plan... but it's the execution of the plan that is hard.

I have a goal to motivate my teachers to create a technology-rich environment in their classrooms. A place where students are offered a choice in how they demonstrate their learning. I've looked at the influencer model (Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan, & Switzler, 2013) and I've looked at the 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) (McChesney, Covey, & Huling, 2012) as two methods to create change. They are similar where they both have you chose no more than 3 behaviors you want to change. The main difference is the influencer model helps you to plan how you are going to support these changes while the 4DX model helps you to carry out the plans. I went into detail about the influencer model in my previous post and I explain the 4DX model and how I would use it to reach my goal in the video below.


Grenny, J., Patterson, K., Maxfield, D., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2013). Influencer: The new science of leading change. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

McChesney, C., Covey, S., & Huling, J. (2012). The 4 disciplines of execution: Achieving your wildly important goals. New York, NY: Free Press.

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