Once a change effort is underway, the leader's role shifts from crafting the vision to protecting the vision, so it has time to grow into a sustainable improvement.

If you're not fiercely protective of your improvement work, other people's priorities will starve it of time—especially collaborative meeting time—and other organizational resources, like budget and attention. Savvy change leaders know they can't just say no to mandates—so they adopt a sophisticated "lean change" approach to protect key improvement priorities.

You'll discover:

  • How to play "air traffic controller" to accelerate change in your school without overloading people
  • A yearlong plan for managing specific meeting agendas to ensure that the "big rocks" go first—without ignoring everything else that's clamoring for attention
  • How to understand and protect against resistance from teachers, board members, other district departments, and parents
  • The #1 communication channel most leaders overlook—even though it's essential for keeping change efforts front and center in people's minds
  • How to respond to other people's mandates—without saying no, AND without allowing them to interfere with improvement priorities


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