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There is a simple test to check how difficult it will be for you to 'build a bridge'
between you own current paradigm and the
paradigm on which the quality strategy is based:
Rate the importance of each of the
following (out of 10)
|1. People know and
is to be achieved (and how)
know what is happening (and have evidence)
|3. People work
with others to improve what is
do their own work (enjoy it and do it well)
make it easy for the next person
to do his/her work really well
- What do your answers tell you about you?
- About your present roles, tasks,
- About the culture in which you work?
- Would these aspects be rated differently
for different people?
- How would others with whom you work answer
these same questions?
- Would you like to make some improvements
- If so where might you start?
- What opportunities are currently
There are no right or wrong answers. You are
where you are. And you can start from
wherever you are. The more highly you (and those
with whom you work) rate each of the above the
easier it will be to achieve the transition.
On the other hand, when we go a journey we
can start from anywhere but it might be easier
to start from another point at anther time.
In the early stages
of applying quality you will develop a clearer framework for your
actions. The clearer framework will enable you
- ask better questions
- analyse some important processes,
eg, class placement, reporting, homework ...
- make it easy for others to
contribute to the process,
- capture what you learn
- use what you learn to make it easier
and better next time
- release resources for other
purposes, eg, working with students
- understand the difference between
change and improvement
- move from making changes to making
- Be intelligent - quality is not
foolproof. Nor is it a panacea.
- Value the honourable sceptics you have
around you - with mutual respect they
will keep you (and everyone else) safe.
- Start slowly - there is a long way
to go and plenty to do. Getting a little
right now will have a cumulative payoff.
- Don't evangelise- the work of your
school is much more important than any style
- Listen for your opportunities and
choose the easy ones that will benefit
- Value your people - make sure
quality is serving them (not the other way
- Don't change a thing- unless it is
absolutely necessary. The changes will flow
naturally when improvements are achieved.
This is a safe goal.
- Use quality to improve the school-
make things easier and better for the
- Work with people- not on people
- The law of Tanobway applies: "There
Ain't No One Best Way".
- Don't copy others - base your actions on
sound principles and your own current, local
any goal: Grade 4 children (10 year
olds) at RPS developed a strategy to achieve any
- Choose a goal
- Make a plan
- what to change
- what to change to
- how to cause the change
- Get resources
- Do it !!!
- Check on progress (study)
- Make improvements
Good advice from these 10 year olds. They can make it work. And so
You first goal might be to improve a process.
- Which process will you choose?
- Who will support giving attention to this
process? At this time?
- Choose your goal In
what ways might it be easier and/or better?
- Make a plan How
will you improve the process?
- Get resources Make the time and
other resources available. Invite
- Do it: Work with others to
make the improvements, eg,
How is it supposed to work?
How does it really work?
Who contributes what? When? How? At
What changes would make it easier,
less disruptive, on time,
While we are at it, how could we make
it more productive, useful, ...
Rewrite, publish, create tools,
provide training, integrate for other
- Check on progress Monitor/study
the process in action and check on outcomes
- Make improvements Revise the
process to make it even better
- Go to 1. How will you invest the
resources you have released?
Have fun and do well !!!