My Change Plan (Personalizing the change process)

Your culminating assignment will help you and a colleague reinforce what has been learned throughout our time together by experiencing and reviewing your practical application of the theory and processes that affect organizational change.

Phase I: Select ONE of the following options
You will demonstrate organizational change and leadership in a detailed action plan by selecting one of the following options

Option I: Rejuvenate an existing but flawed or stalled change process
Select a conflict situation at your school or district or work site that originated as a result of the introduction of a new change initiative but has stalled or created disequilibrium and now requires resolution.

First, identify the change that has snagged and caused issues
Provide a brief background or history of the issue including such item as
Whose idea was it?
Was it a consensus or forced initiative?
Who �bought in� and who didn�t?
Clarify the situation and determine the true roadblocks by identifying such items as the driving forces, restraining forces, personal agendas, specific interest groups or cliques, varying agendas of the major players, etc.). You decide. You may also want to consider some of the following
Environmental forces (national, regional, state or community level forces driving change at your school)
Strategic Imperatives (Action your school or district needs to take)
Organizational Imperatives (what needs to change in the school or district?)
Cultural Imperatives (what school or district norms need to change)
Leader & Employee Behavior (what specific behaviors might need to change?)
Mindset � What assumptions, beliefs, and mental models need changing?)
Next, go to the �balcony� like David King at Kennedy High to gain insight. What do you see? What frames are paramount and which are lacking?
Now you are ready to create a strategy based on your growing knowledge of organizational change and leadership to remedy the stalemate or disequilibrium that includes a minimum of
5 � 6 action steps based on your knowledge of theory and framing
Address such items as what will your role be? Who will be involved?
From which frames and organizational theorists will you borrow the heaviest?
Consider Kotter�s 8 steps for leaders outlined in Learning Activity 8: how might this help?
Lastly, what intimidates you the most about becoming an agent of change and enacting this plan?
Option II: New Territory � Identify an area either in your classroom, school district or place of work you consider needful of change by asking �What type of change is required in your workplace, classroom, your school or district?�

Using that as a focus, develop an action plan for instituting your selected change initiative based on those skills and information gained during the first four weeks of class. Your task is to serve as change agent to design � and hopefully implement � a personal change initiative. In this process you should

Describe the change you want to implement and provide a brief rationale
What do you immediately see as the three key benefits of this change?
Identify key restraining forces and driving forces
Clarify the situation and determine the roadblocks by identifying such items as the driving forces, restraining forces, personal agendas, specific interest groups or cliques, varying agendas of the major players, etc.). You decide. You may also want to consider at least some of the following
Environmental forces (national, regional, state or community level forces driving change at your school)
Strategic Imperatives (Action your school or district needs to take)
Organizational Imperatives (what needs to change in the school or district?)
Cultural Imperatives (what school or district norms need to change)
Leader & Employee Behavior (what specific behaviors might need to change?)
Mindset � What assumptions, beliefs, and mental models need changing?)
Consider how you can provide �ownership� early in the change process to prevent alienation and bring everyone aboard
Now you are ready to create a strategy based on your growing knowledge of organizational change and leadership to remedy the stalemate or disequilibrium that includes a minimum of
5 � 6 action steps based on your knowledge of theory and framing
Address such items as what will your role be? Who will be involved?
From which frames and organizational theorists will you borrow the heaviest?
Consider Kotter�s 8 steps for leaders outlined in Learning Activity 8: how might this help?
Explain the reasons for your particular approach (be bold and honest, indicating where you are not certain)
How will you measure the success of your change?
Lastly, what intimidates you the most about becoming an agent of change and enacting this plan?
Final assignment parameters:

The use of graphics (pictures, charts, graphs, videos, PowerPoint, etc.) is encouraged
Outlines and bullets may be acceptable for certain elements of your change strategy (you decide which)
Reference in your plan a minimum of two sources other than your text, and a minimum of two organizational theorists
Make certain to address the requirements listed in your option selection
Final Assignment Suggestions
Be bold with this assignment and don�t view it as simply a �head exercise.� Instead, be hopeful of eventual implementation always remembering what Einstein said: �Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.�

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