Change Technology & You
Ordinary change. The word "change" often turns people off. Most of us find change painful, awkward or unnatural. Who wants to change?
Change technology carries a different reaction. The term sounds scientific. Something "scientific" sheds the emotion.
SCIENTIFIC CHANGE TECHNOLOGY
A good friend gifted me with the term “change technology.” At first I didn’t figure out why he called it that. Change requires altering a course or condition but change technology does more. With "change technology" you have to really understand what you are dealing with.
CHANGE FLIES AT US
Buckminster Fuller suggested in 1982 the knowledge doubling curve. He estimated that human knowledge was doubling every 18 months. Recently IBM predicted it will soon double every 12 hours. That knowledge surge forces change on us.
FOCUS OF CHANGE
As we hone in on any issue, change technology needs to ask... do we need change in… 1) what we do? or 2) what we know?
CHANGE IN UNDERLYING BELIEF
I have said that “every change requires a change in belief.” We first have to spot the belief on which the issue stands. Then correct or adjust that belief. Now we determine what specific change needs to follow.
In the words of Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” What outcome comes from the current procedure? What outcome do you really want? What do you need to change to effect that outcome
FACILITATING CONDITIONS IN CHANGE
D.P. Ely listed eight points in Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 298-305 (1990) and New Perspectives on the Implementation of Educational Technology Innovation. (1999)
1. dissatisfaction with the status quo
2. sufficient knowledge and skills
3. availability of resources
4. availability of time
5. reward or incentives
6. participation (involve stakeholders in decision-making)
8. leadership (with effective support)
The bottom line says….Change isn’t just about whacking something to death. It’s about a studied change-technology. BL
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