Try and establish a positive relationship
with members of the school community
before you try and affect change.
Talk with a cross section of people.
Ensure people can see a benefit for themselves.
Listen for the language used by others. Use the same
language and terminology. Be wary of your own jargon.
Be prepared to make changes to your original plan.
It is usually not a good idea for your first encounter
with people to be based on trying to make changes!!
“I am concerned about …”
“I have been trying to think of how to
address this issue.”
“I was wondering if it would be good
“What are your thoughts?”
“How would this benefit you?”
“I can see …” or
“I can hear …” or
“It feels like …”
Once you tune into other staff you
may need to make changes to your
original plan because you have
become aware of some other ideas
that are good and fit in with the needs
of the school. The wider the
ownership, the more chance the
changes have of occurring.