I have written a plan- Makerspace for my school. My principal is excited about this plan because it will be celebrated in an applied learning center. I know it is a good plan and I have thought about all of the influencing strategies from Grenny’s Influencer book. Then I think of all the things that teachers and students have to do in the whirlwind: data, lesson plans, more data paperwork, and more plans. Is this worth it? I just don’t know.
Back up… I, I, I… This is not about me. This is about the students. Also, I don’t have to do it alone. “I” becomes a “we” in a team. McChesney, Covey, and Huling (2012) discuss in their 4DX book that to achieve your wildly important goal (WIG), some of the players need to come together to decide on a target. This takes off much of the pressure of the person that wrote up the plan (that one letter word will not be in this post again.) We are able to share duties and can be accountable to each other.
Click on the enlarge square to see the 4 disciplines, 5 stages of change, and examples for the innovation plan.
When you look at the Influencer plan and 4DX, the reader can see similarities. The “desired results” are like the “WIG.” The vital behavior #2 is the committee which turns into the WIG session. We have to realize that we are not alone in getting the players to buy into a wonderful plan. The six strategies of influences motivate people, while the WIG sessions carry out the goal.
At the beginning of this post...it was about me, me, me. Now it is about Team Makerspace!
So... Who would like to join us in the makerspace?
Grenny, J., Patterson, K., Maxfield, D., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2013). Influencer: The new science of leading change: 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
McChesney, C., Covey, S. & Huling, J. (2012). The 4 disciplines of execution. New York, NY: Franklin Covey Co.