Authors of the book, Designing Effective Teaching and Significant Learning, share articles for additional learning. Ponder these ideas as you enjoy these ways to get you thinking about your work. These articles are written to help all leaders, managers, and administrators.

  • The Lost Art of Assessment – John Mirocha  Organizational assessment is a data gathering and diagnostic process in which you step back from the day to day details of life in the organization and try to see the bigger picture: the trends, patterns and dynamics that have made the individual or organization what it is today. Assessment is a lost art. Many individuals and organizations want to jump right to the action aspects of the change process.
Change Management
  • Making Successful New Year’s Resolutions – Zala Fashant  The annual making resolutions to change and improve our lives is upon us. Now that year is coming to an end, and in this case a decade as well, you may be reflecting on what you want to do differently next year. Several sources say that approximately 80% of us fail at making actual changes successful by creating resolutions. I can tell by seeing attendance at the gym that by mid-February resolutions have fizzled to a culture of past practices.
  • Successfully Delivering Significant Change – Zala Fashant   The reason most change fails is that it isn’t properly designed. Often the changer decides something needs to be different than it is now. Designing quality change begins with communicating the dream or vision of the change destination is critical if you want everyone to be successful on the change journey.
  • Client Engagement – John Mirocha  I have a love-hate relationship with some of my clients. I cannot do a project without them. Some are inspiring and thoughtful partners. However, working with some other clients can be more difficult than actually designing and completing the project itself.
  • Creative Tensions in Change Leadership – John Mirocha  The idea of intellectual, emotional and organizational tension, whether creative or debilitating, has often been mentioned by management scholars and consultants. The insight derived is that change leaders must stretch the imagination of their organizations in order to get engagement from the organization’s members to address the challenges implied in the change. 
  • Leadership in Crisis – John Mirocha   Although stakeholders to organizations watch the behavior of their leaders intently in normal situations, in times of crisis stakeholders scrutinize the behavior of their leaders. Many leaders do not realize this in normal situations, much less in crisis. Great leaders realize this under all circumstances.
  • I Read it, But… – Linda Russell   Have you ever been surprised by the seemingly low level of reading skills your students or direct reports have? Learn more about what you can do to better understand and help ineffective readers.
Managing People
  • Managers as Teachers – Zala Fashant    Not getting the kind of employees you want? Teach them to be the employees you need!
  • The Middle Management Dilemma – John Mirocha  There are many management issues that academics, consultants and business leaders have struggled with for generations. This essay focuses on middle managers who do not grow into their supervisory and strategic responsibilities and instead continue to spend the majority of their time addressing day-to-day tactical issues.