Is Change Your Destination?  Drop 5 Question Pins

Guest Post by Tara Martin

Lately, I’ve found myself challenging many current beliefs and educational practices that have been considered sufficient for many years. It can be scary to travel through the change process, but I discovered five landmarks to visit during the trip to Change. To ensure I spend time at all essential locations, I drop a question-pin for each of the five places on my conversation map. These questions help me navigate collaborative meetings with colleagues and leadership teams to ensure a safe arrival to our desired location. It’s pretty simple, yet incredibly powerful.

*The questions above were inspired by Asking the Right Questions Third Edition by Edie L. Holcomb 

1.) Where are we right now?

  • What is our picture of current reality?
  • One might use data to determine the current status. (Ex: academic or perception survey data)

2.) Where are we going?

  • What’s our goal?

3.) How will we get there?

  • Use the data above to brainstorm action steps and benchmarks to reach the goal.
  • Delegate responsibilities and provide clear checkpoints for accomplishing the tasks.

4.) How will we know we “arrived”?

  • How might you describe how the “end-result” looks, sounds, and feels?
  • Spell this out in detail and visualize a clear picture of the vision in action.

5.) How will we sustain focus and momentum?

  • To continue forward momentum, when we arrive at question number five, I find myself back at question number one. “Where are we NOW?” At this point, the cycle continues. If we are always growing and moving forward, I can’t imagine ever truly “staying” at any given place for too long.

By dropping these five question-pins on my conversation map, I have successfully traveled through monumental milestones to arrive at our destination–Change. It’s fairly straightforward yet profound. *I have also found this process helpful when setting personal and professional goals.

Please share your thoughts and experiences when navigating conversations around change.

Click “HERE” for a full-size “Destination Change? 5 Landmark Questions to Visit” info-graphic.

Tara Martin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and most recently as a district administrator. Tara’s ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change and to motivate others to become the best they can be, all while staying R.E.A.L. (Relatable – Exposing – Vulnerability – Always Approachable – Learning Through Life)  Tara is author of “Be REAL.”  You can connect with Tara @ TaraMartin.com

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