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Self-Differentiated Leadership and Bringing the Organization Change Process Together

The Importance

Planning to implement organizational change in an educational learning environment can be a daunting task. Crucial conversations must be held among stakeholders to ensure that the organizational change will be successful. Important conversations are essential as they allow stakeholders to openly discuss their opinions, views, and feelings about the potential change. This opportunity increases awareness of any possible issues or challenges arising from such changes.

Crucial conversations also allow all parties involved with the organizational change to develop solutions and create achievable goals for the foreseeable future. In addition, these open discussions allow stakeholders to understand each other's perspectives better and work together to create a solid plan moving forward.

My Perspective

It is vital to recognize the importance of having open and honest conversations during any innovative change in an elementary learning environment. Crucial conversation processes allow for a platform where teachers, parents, students, and administrators can all come together on the common ground after difficult discussions without negative repercussions or inflamed emotions. This process helps foster collaboration throughout school communities while also helping stakeholders better understand various points of view so that meaningful decisions are made based on data-driven feedback and different perspectives presented by each involved party.

My Strategy

When implementing video-based morning announcements into an elementary learning environment, it is essential to have a solid strategy to obtain buy-in and ensure future success. My strategy is to create an open, supportive, and direct environment. It's vital for everyone at the table (or involved) to feel safe enough to express their feelings while still keeping the discussion focused on future action plans or possible solutions. All parties must be respected in any conversation, regardless of their thoughts, opinions, or feelings. Even if an individual does not agree with or like what someone else has said or done, bringing everyone into discussion and finding a compromise is key, rather than taking things apart and moving further.

The task of planning organizational change within an educational learning environment can be both daunting and challenging. When stakeholders embrace open conversations, our collaborative efforts will lead to meaningful conversations that strengthen the foundation behind informed decisions. Such discussions greatly benefit those at the table by offering each person the equal chance to understand diverse perspectives while balancing respect for all parties with healthy dialogue through actions along pathways that are difficult to halt our emotions.

Crucial Conversations Explained in 2 Minutes


Patterson, K., Grenny, J., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2012). Crucial conversations: Tools for talking when stakes are high (2nd ed.). McGraw Hill.

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