One of the truly challenging parts of leading large-scale school change is how upset some people can be about the change (School Change Truth 2 reminds us that people seem to abhor change). Large-scale school change, especially paradigm shifting change, invariably generates controversy.
The question is how to deal with it. Understandably, many of us don’t like confrontation and would rather not deal with it or hope that it will simply go away.
But this is one instance where ignoring the situation will not make it go away and will likely make it worse. What to do?
- School Change Generates Controversy
- Dealing with Controversy Requires the Right Mindset and Temperment
- Barking Dogs and Barking Dogs Who Bite
- How We Listen Matters
How well your initiative deals with controversy and critics will depend on how calm you remain, how productively you listen to your critics, and how good you get at determining when to simply acknowledge a critique and when to do something about it.