Friday, February 28, 2014

Switch: How to change things when change is hard

Written by Chip and Dan Heath, this book was offered as an online course for LISD.  I thought the book looked interesting so I decided to read it and I'm so glad!!!  It was fascinating and wonderful!  I wasn't looking to change anything in my life at the moment and I tend to work hard to 'perfect' things.  It's just like God to put things in your life at the right time so you can have the information you need to make the changes you need to make.

The book focuses on sharing many short stories of people helped to change things for the better in their lives, work, families and so on.

A few great quotes from the book:

How to view my students and bring out the good in them... great thought:
Notice, too that because of the calm environment that Elder managed to create, “bad” kids started acting like good kids.  A good change leader never thinks, “Why are these people acting so badly?  They must be bad people.”  A change leader thinks, “How can I set up a situation that brings out the good in these people?”



Former UCLA Coach John Wooden, one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, once said, “When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur… Don’t look for the quick, big improvement.  Seek the small improvement one day at a time.  That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts.”

The book is structured into three sections, each one suggesting specific behaviors you can follow:

I. Direct the Rider (our rational side)- Find the bright spots- Script the critical moves- Point to the destination


II. Motivate the Elephant (our emotional side)- Find the feeling- Shrink the Change;- Grow your people


III. Shape the Path:- Tweak the environment- Build habits- Rally the herd


"Change isn't an event; it's a process."

Get it here:  Switch:  How to change things when change is hard

Outline:  http://www.giarts.org/sites/default/files/switch-handout.pdf





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