Monday, April 30, 2012

Week 5 of CED 565

This week we wrapped up the simulation game that we played and continued to look at change. We discussed changes that we have experienced and how we have responded to change. After reflecting on my experiences, I realized that I am generally open to change if it is presented to me in the correct fashion.   If I an not informed about the change or the cause for change, I usually resist it. If I am aware of the benefits and consequences of change, I can usually accept it. If I find value in the change, I become invested in it and advocate for the change. This can be a good and bad reaction. It is good because I can help make change occur. It can be bad because I can occasionally resist or commit to change without fully understanding all of the benefits and consequences.

This information is beneficial because I now am able to realize the impact that communication has on change. This lesson also resonated through out our simulation we had in class. We really needed to talk with various people numerous times before we were able to initiate change. As an educator that is trying to initiate change, I will need to make sure to communicate with all of the investors involved in the process. This will help people realize the cause of the change and the possible benefits. This will hopefully increase the rate at which change can occur. 


  1. Carl,

    I have a feeling that I am like you are. If you know the reason(s) for the change, then the changes can be hard, but doable. If you are just being commanded to do something without the reasons being explained why, many will resist. I am just wishing that I worked with a staff that would be willing to change even after the reasons and goals were explained. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.


  2. I agree that change is much easier to go along with when communication is open and honest. I have been part of change just came from the top, and that was that. Change in that case, is rarely welcome.
    How will you communicate effectively with those that might resist change?