Leaders of Change.
Change as defined by Thompson (2010) is “a process through which people and organizations move as they gradually come to understand and become skilled and competent in the use of new ways.” Change is not a process that happens in just one day. It is something that takes time to build and strengthen amongst an organization. The people involved in the process of change need to have the same goals and have the same clear ideas; this so they can be in the same mindset and be able to work together towards success. Communication is crucial during the process of change to facilitate the work for the people involved in the organization.
The Ten Principles of Change.
Organizations need to understand the ten principles presented by Hall and Hord (2001): Change Principle 1: “Change is learning- It is as simple and complicated as that” (p. 6). Moreover, the name change implies a learning process for each and every participant. Sometimes knowledge can be fun and easy for some individuals, but at times, it might be a problem for others. In the process of transformation, the people need to be permissive for new ideas to flow in order to learn and understand the changes that are going to take place in the organization. Change Principle 2: “Change is a process, not an event” (p.8). This principle guides the leaders to make sure that the staff understands that implementing a change is not something that is just going to happen in one occurrence, but rather it is a process that is going to take time. Leaders or staff will not be able to determine the extent of the change they are trying to adopt. Change Principle 3: “The school is the primary unit for change” (p. 9). The staff has to be aware that their individual actions will be affecting the whole unit, and their individual ideas will lead the school to be successful or to become mediocre. Change Principle 4: “Organizations adopt change-individuals implement change” (p.9). The organization is the entity that will adapt to change, but the staff is in charge of taking action to implement the transformation. It is the responsibility of the staff to understand and execute the change to its maximum extent. Change Principle 5: “Interventions are key for the success of the change process” (p.11). This principle refers to revising the process and detecting the problems on time in order to determine the success and results of the change. Change Principle 6: “Appropriate interventions reduce resistance to change” (p.12). It is crucial to make strategic revisions in the process of change to make sure that the staff is working toward the same objective and able to visualize the same goals. Change Principle 7: “Administrator leadership is essential to long-term change success” (p.13). Leaders become keys during the change process in order for success to be accomplished. Also, they need to be involved and be part of the team, so the whole organization can feel ownership and recognition throughout the...