In one of this year’s outstanding leadership books, “Apples Are Square”, authors Susan and Thomas Kuczmarski interviewed Lambert & Associates vice-president of Client Affairs, Brian Sorge
So many people lack what I call applied awareness. You can give me all the awareness in the world, but you also have to be able to translate that into behavior. In corporate America, it is okay to talk about behavior, but difficult to get beyond talking. That level is not deep enough to make an impact. It allows people to feel like they are changing when they really are not. It is very superficial.
Applied awareness focuses on putting our thoughts into action and translating our intentions into behaviors.
Maybe that’s why we educational bloggers seem to be complaining that no matter how much we blog, no matter how passionate we feel about transforming our schools, change doesn’t seem to be coming any quicker. I tend to feel that frustration myself sometimes.
Perhaps blogging is mostly about developing our own and our audience’s awareness and as Sorge says,
….it is okay to talk about behavior, but difficult to get beyond talking. That level is not deep enough to have an impact. It allows people to feel like they are changing when they really are not.
Maybe we bloggers feel that by writing we are taking action, we are changing behaviors…but maybe blogging is fundamentally just insight and talk. When I was a kid I remember someone labeled as “all talk, no action.”
If we have an awareness that politics in our district is holding back change; how will we become more politically effective? If we are aware that teachers in our school need to reconnect with their professional purpose and feel the fire of excitement they felt when they first entered the profession; how will we become more inspirational? If there are “fierce conversations” that need to take place; how will we prepare ourselves so that they are effective and accomplish the outcomes we desire?
The list is endless.
Until we “apply our awareness”, I fear that change will continue to be elusive.
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