At PDAcademia, we understand the importance of transferring our skills and content into the daily lives of our schools. While our change management workshops take theory into practice along the latest trends and best practices, our Change Management Consulting Services focus on guidance with regards to the activation of the necessary internal changes.
International School Change Management principles differ from that of other industries, in that greater time and attention needs to be made to solicit and incorporate buy-in from the school’s greater community. Additionally, Change Management initiatives should be seen as a ‘long game’, which presents a significant challenge for International Schools that often have high turnover in Senior and Middle leadership positions.
PDAcademia’s Change Management Consulting Process
When we are contracted to provide change management services, our engagement with the school and it’s responsible directors or teams is typically structured around 3 stages.
STAGE 1: Strategy – During this stage, we will clarify the reason the school requires change, what change will look like and more importantly, we will determine who will be responsible for leading this change initiative. We will ask the following questions:
- Where are we trying to go?
- What is our vision as a school and how do we want to achieve it?
- How do I take everyone along to support our direction?
- How do I achieve clarity through alignment?
STAGE 2: Communications – At this stage we focus on getting stakeholders educated, building consensus and creating a sustainable communications platform to support our change management initiative through to completion. The issues addressed at this stage will include:
- Aligning goals with effective communications.
- Organizing uniform communication channels with stakeholders.
STAGE 3: Operations Optimization – During this stage, we will provide practical assistance to set change in motion.
- We will help to overcome obstacles to change.
- We will ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal.
- We will provide staff with direction, support, and tools to evaluate their progress so that they can properly report and adjust when required.
A 3-6 month interlude is generally required after each stage to allow for reflection, implementation and feedback, as well as results presentation.
Change Management Consulting Services Drive Positive Results
In many cases, workshops and short term consultancy engagements have a very short-term positive impact, and much lower activation ratio. Research shows that 65% of Change Management initiatives fail to make changes permanent.
PDAcademia’s change management consulting services counter that by guiding the teams along agreed parameters to make change effective and efficient, while preventing them from falling back into old habits.
With PDAcademia’s approach to change management you will feel how fast and efficient a better environment can be fostered and as a result, how different everyone will feel about clarity of direction.
Contact PDAcademia today to learn more about our Change Management Consulting Services.