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As this course, Leading Organizational Change, comes to a close I can truly say I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to become an effective leader. Bringing about change in an organization is not an easy task and takes a lot of effort and planning. However, by using the right tools, techniques and strategies I can make some positive changes at Lamar to enrich our learning environments with mobile learning and BYOD.
To begin, I learned that we need to identify our WHY statement. I think this the most important part of starting the implementation process. The why statement identifies our vision and purpose for moving towards mobile learning environments. It motivates faculty by appealing to their hearts.
Next, I learned how to use the Influencer strategy to identify our goals, vital behaviors and how to apply the 6 sources of influence as motivators to increase mobile device usage in the classroom. The Influencer strategy can be used in conjunction with the 4 Disciplines of Execution model (4DX) to gain even more positive results amid the whirlwind. The 4DX model emphasizes that you can only concentrate on 1-2 “wildly important goals” (WIGs) at a time and that you should incorporate a compelling scoreboard and keep everyone accountable for meeting their own personal commitments toward meeting the WIG.
Lastly, I learned that the best, most effective leaders are those that are self-differentiated. Being a self-differentiated leader is a direction in life and something that a leader works at daily. It highlights the importance of maintaining non-anxious responses in an anxious society and protecting your integrity.
Moving forward I feel I have the tools necessary to successfully implement new ideas and techniques at Lamar, or at the very least get moving in the right direction towards much needed change.