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Change is in the Air

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My summer is one of change. I am taking part in an 8-week body transformation at Kosama. The program is based on training regiments of professional athletes but geared towards any body type or athletic build. Each day the hour-long series of exercises led by certified staff members is different and intense. I am nearing the end of my 4th week. I feel my body getting stronger and inches starting to fad away. I’m looking forward to my final assessment in another 4 weeks to see my progress through the program, as well as continuing the program to reach my ultimate goals.

Getting to Kosama each day hasn’t been easy. Varying the time of day has help so that I can either get work done or relax at various times during the day. No matter which class I attend, I know once I walk through the doors there is no turning back. The motivation I feel during the hour-long session has reminded me of the change process in schools.

The change process is one that I address often in my role as an instructional coach. I serve multiple schools, which limits my time in each building. Most of my work is involves partnering with building leadership teams. As we develop our own capacity in order to transfer skills to the full staff, the following “Major Change Chart” serves as a road map. Each element across the top row is needed for change to occur. If one or more element is missing, a variety of negative effects work counter-productively to your desired outcome.

The change process takes time. If we expect immediate results we are setting ourselves up for failure. Each element of Kosama is dedicated to the success of each individual, no matter the current fitness level. The change process in schools is very similar. We need each of the elements portrayed on the “Major Change Chart.”

VISION – Both the trainers at Kosama and I have a vision. This vision revolves around healthy life style and body transformation. Without a strong vision in place, confusion would eventually take over.

SKILLS – Each class is led by a certified coach. The coach acts as a guide. The coach models each exercise explicitly. Modeling the proper form of each exercise is important so that participants gains the skills to execute each exercise. The trainers continually offer motivation and specific feedback. Gaining the skills for each exercise is reducing my anxiety.

INCENTIVES – The incentives I’m receiving are intrinsic. I am proud of my accomplishments during the first 4 weeks. I am noticing a difference in the way my clothes fit. I enjoy seeing how many calories I’ve burned during each workout. These incentives are enough to keep me going. If I wasn’t feeling a difference, I know I’d start to resist making the effort to exercise.

RESOURCES – When I joined Kosama, I received the resources I needed to be successful. Boxing gloves (for kick boxing) and a heart/calories monitor were included in the initial price. Other resources are provided – such as a wide range of weighted kettle balls.  Having the proper resources took the guess-work out of preparing for each class. Purchasing all the necessary supplies would have been frustrating and time-consuming.

ACTION PLAN – Each participant takes part in a pre and post assessment. It is also encouraged to be assessed throughout the 8-weeks. The pre assessment was very thorough. Not only did it include a variety of measurements and pictures, measured our stamina for several exercises. Ultimately I know I want to lose inches. I plan to do a mid assessment soon. I know the only way to see results is to continue with the action plan of working out often and eating healthy. Otherwise I’m just on a treadmill going nowhere.

The “Major Change Chart” can serve as a guided for any change in our lives. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. These past 4-weeks haven’t been easy – but keeping all the elements of major change in place is helping me set a course to a transformation.

Summer is a time to plan for the upcoming school year. Have you considered each element of major change in your plans? If not, there is still time to address the missing areas so that the negative results of the missing piece/pieces do not sabotage your efforts.

Summer Blog Challenge 2012: This post was written on June 30. It fulfills my second post for the week of June 24 – 30.

Categories: Change, Growth Mindset, Instructional Coaching, Leadership
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2 Comments to Change is in the Air

  1. pam
    July 1, 2012 11:50 am

    This chart was a timely post. I’ve just started school, after 30 years, I’ll be revamping my literacy and music program for the fall, and I’ll be returning as curriculum coach for the second year at an ECE facility. I desperately needed something to offset the anxiety and feelings of insecurities that plague me from time to time. I now feel that I am armored with a purposeful and intentional mindset because of this particular guideline. In my consulting position, I often see the disengagement from teachers when lack of resources or incentives the issues in completing required tasks. I’ll be sharing this with all of the center directors with whom I’m engaged. Thank you so very much.

  2. Fran McVeigh (@franmcveigh)
    July 1, 2012 12:08 pm

    Kathy,
    I love your inclusion of the “Major Change Chart” in your blog. Even the best of leaders often believes that he or she has attended to all the elements. However, it is the perception of the rest of the group that determines whether in fact they do have the resources that they need or whether they are wallowing in frustration!

    As always, thought provoking! And a very timely reminder about planning for our own change when school begins this fall!

    🙂

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