7 Ways to Be a Change Agent in Education Thomas Armstrong, Ph D.
A change agent is sometimes also called an agent of change or change advocate. These “points of power” are not always intuitive and are oftentimes used incorrectly inadvertently worsening the problem (p. 1). Leverage points are not meant to be “magic bullets”, but instead opportunities to analyze an organization’s paradigm with respect to the current systemic issue you would like to change. Spend some time interviewing or discussing your desired change with colleagues and other stakeholders within the organization. This can include, but is not limited to students, teachers, administration, and office staff).
I am the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset,” and “Innovate Inside the Box” and “Because of a Teacher!” I have a passion for exploring the connection between innovation and relationships for learning. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t willing to have tough conversations though; that also builds trust. Trust is also built when you know someone will deal with things and not be afraid to do what is right, even if it is uncomfortable.
In a community with a rural setting in a third world country, many people are poor because they lack proper agents to initiate and implement change. Digital adoption platform to provide employee training and onboarding for a new process or application. In addition to being a consultant, a change manager often takes on the role of a trainer to help team members act on the insights gained from data analysis and help them acquire new skills to prepare them for the new digital or technical change.
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An example will be “The Teaching Company Scheme”, where the Teaching Company employs interns to take part in a certain project. The intern is considered a change agent on a daily basis, he is under supervision from his industrial and academic superior which does the project control and planning process respectively. The Teaching Company Directorate consultant helps out in the planning process and as a mediator . Companies benefits in participating in the scheme as they will have both an internal and external change agent assisting their organization concurrently. A change agent serves a distinct role within a change initiative as a proponent of the change, as well as a conduit between leadership and the rest of the organization. A successful agent of change can help smooth resistance to change and address the issues before they derail an initiative and, thus, can help ensure the successful implementation and adoption of a new project.
Get help and feedback from others to make sure you are telling your story fully. There is no need to turn in an essay with perfect spelling or perfect punctuation. This is when you will really need to start rallying your allies and supporters and continuing to make change.
Strong relationships built on trust – All of the above, means nothing if you do not have solid relationships with the people that you serve. People will not want to grow if they do not trust the person that is pushing the change. The change agents I have seen are extremely approachable and reliable. You should never be afraid to approach that individual based on their “authority” and usually they will go out of their way to connect with you.
A change agent can also be an OCM practitioner, working principally on change agent activities. Other OCM practitioners may act as supporting agents of change, but their activities are likely to be primarily focused in other areas such as education and stakeholder management. Therefore, change must be understood and supported by the team members for it to be successful – without effective change management communication, the change is destined to fail. The prime focus of these change agents is internal processes such as intergroup relations, communication, and decision making. Internal process change agents opt for a cultural change approach to etch the change permanently by conducting sensitivity training, team building, and employee surveys. Both kinds of appointments have their advantages and drawbacks and the choice depends largely on how the company is approaching the changes that it needs to make.