Break free to make real change for yourself and others
Have you ever felt like your progress was being blocked, not just by your own circumstances, but by the presence and actions of others? Do you constantly tell yourself that you would be more successful at teaching, leading or contributing to an organization if only others did not stand in your way? Bestselling author Michael Fullan’s new book, Freedom to Change: Four Strategies to Put Your Inner Drive into Overdriveexplores the two kinds of freedom in our daily lives: freedom from obstacles versus freedom to take initiative and act.
Fullan prescribes four dynamically interrelated actions we can take:
Consciously seeking a balance between our own autonomy and cooperation with others
Improving the feedback exchange—giving more valuable responses, as well as eliciting, hearing and accepting feedback more effectively
Building accountability to others into the fabric of our working lives
Finding ways to influence others with the changes we’ve made and want to spread
Fullan invites readers to ask themselves what change they would like to bring about for themselves and those around them. Illustrated and enriched with examples from education, business and nonprofit sectors, Freedom to Change offers recommendations for both individuals and organizations seeking to enhance connectedness and independence.
Michael’s commitment and passion for educational change and the moral imperative of closing the gap for all children evolved over his forty years in the field. He became an expert but learned on the job by becoming immersed in his work.
In the last of this series, Michael talks about his journey and his commitment to improving the system.
This is topic video 22 of 22. We hope you have enjoyed the series.
On May 28, The Learning Partnership honoured The Right Honourable Paul Martin and Dr. Michael Fullan during its 17th annual Champions of Public Education Toronto Tribute Dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
As The Learning Partnership’s primary annual fundraiser, this event brought together more than 700 business, education and government leaders, and influencers to celebrate these two outstanding leaders and their exceptional commitment to advance publicly funded education in Canada.
Based on the latest knowledge in Fullan’s newest book, Freedom to Change: Be careful what you ask for (Jossey-Bass, in press); and on the work in new pedagogies for deep learning, this institute will narrow in on the dilemmas of change: That the new digital age has provided us with free rein to change and with that comes new challenges and problems.
For those who have a copy of ‘The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact’, we would like to offer you a copy of the Facilitator’s Guide produced by Joanne Quinn and Eleanor Adam. There is no fee for this package of material that includes the Facilitator’s Guide, Powerpoint presentations for each of the chapters, and PDFs for Action Items and Discussion Topics for each chapter.