To achieve the vision of the MS2W, post-secondary education institutions must learn to change faster and be more comfortable with change. And learning how to change can often mean unlearning what we have previously learned.
Like a portrait photograph, when a face is on focus, everything else around it is a blur. The focus on implementing new processes and attention to modify behavior often dominates our daily efforts. During change process it is important to purposely stop and assess the progress made. You want to capture everything. It’s time to switch from portrait mode to landscape mode.
Everyone who contributes to certain changes is a change agent. However, leaders, managers, and supervisors in an organization play various key roles for successful and lasting change. Leaders can serve as change agents to act as powerful forces to start, maintain, and ensure permanent change occurs.
As an instructor, you know this better than most. You are the captain, responsible for inspiring the next generation to rise up to meet the challenges of the 21st century world that is vastly different from the one that you grew up in. You have seen this firsthand – the integration of disruptive technologies have added many unprecedented dimensions to the world of work.
Successful change takes commitment. Many attempts at change start out well and overcome initial resistance to change. But, when continued commitment to the new change becomes challenging it is often easier to go back to old ways and the change fails. Commitment means being dedicated to taking action to bring about a desired result.