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Glenn E. Malone

Been thinking about getting this book...you've convinced me.

Shaun  McElroy

One thing that all too often happens with new administrators is that they are convinced that to earn their mettle they must initiate CHANGE (or so it seems to their faculty) and wonder why it is not met with enthusiasm...and all to often the dissenters become known as resistors. To initiate change in educational settings (and I would argue the business and political world) you must start with the heart of the operation: Education is about relationships as much as it is about knowledge and learning--in fact more because the other two things do not need teachers. Not anymore...

Some of the long-term teachers will cross their arms and say "prove it" to every initiative. What they are seeking, what they crave is just acknowledgement. They want you to take it in, to appreciate what they have helped build and create. They are not resistant to change. They just need to know you are real and are sticking around a while...

Full disclosure: I work at SAS...

Kimberly Moritz

Thank you Alan, you gave me a lot to think about specifically your open leadership group. I do take most of my decisions to department leaders. The problem with that plan is that what I've asked is then presented to department members (or not) in many different ways, not necessarily the way I intended. I will consider how to incorporate this idea and others that you mention into my own leadership.

Scott Elias

Thanks for an inspiring post, Alan. I also like the idea of a leadership group that is more open to those willing to participate.

Michael BOll

Hi Alan,

Wow, you are such a cool dude! Had I known that you were so insightful, original and all around swell, I never would have gone to work at that other school!

brian saxton

Alan,
Very insightful post. One more thing that I get to glean from leadertalk, put in my principal to be folder and pull out when I stick my foot in my mouth.

Incidentally, the principal that I work for tried change as soon as we started and got the same response. I think that Shaun said it well, when he said What they are seeking, what they crave is just acknowledgement. They want you to take it in, to appreciate what they have helped build and create. They are not resistant to change. They just need to know you are real and are sticking around a while...

Once again, you have some great bits of knowledge here and I look forward to putting them to use.
Brian

Jan Borelli

This is simply awe inspiring! This is just the kind of post that makes this blog simply incredible. Each day as I read the posts here I start to have this feeling that what we are all creating here is of major import. It's great to be among you all. Scott... you seem to have put together a winning team. Thanks.

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