OneThing10: stock up on love

Michael Fullen says  in Six Secrets of Change that if we want to get a lot out of our employees, love them.  Of course, this is true.  The more connected I am, the more sense I have that my work is valued, that my work makes a difference – all signs of love, then my natural inclination to get better does, in fact, get better.

But what happens when people are not there yest?  When people feel inconsequential, cut off, fearful?  Good luck if your kid goes to a school whose faculty feels like that.  There would be work to do.

Fullen contends that leaders have to mobilize people’s commitment to putting their energy into actions designed to improve things. Would it look like this?

If the teacher creates quality units, then it is VERY likely that good will come, that recognition from Administration would redound to more energy and more commitment.  If the Principal’s primary task is to “mobilize commitment,” and can make that happen,  then perhaps love is the way.

In this slightly tongue-in-cheek systems model, the Principal and students are the prime movers.  To what extent might most teachers be intrinsically motivated to expend energy on the work?

It’s in somewhere in this idea that a teacher’s capacity to carry a load of work might be defined. And increased.


3 comments on “OneThing10: stock up on love

  1. Hi Tim,
    I read your paper “Writing & Modeling: Using a Notebook to Learn about System Dynamics” that is in the book entitled: Modeling Dynamic Systems by: Diana M. Fisher. I am looking for a PDF version so that I can down load it on my Kindle. Diana stated in her book it was in the Creative Learning Center, but I can not find there. It is great paper and found it extremely helpful.
    Thank you,
    Alex Leus

  2. Nicely said. Too many people make the implicit assumption that a social system is akin to a mechanical or biological system. Social system leaders must understand that social systems have 5 important dimensions that exhibit emergent properties (like love & happiness) that must be recreated in real-time, in context, and as an interacting whole: Beauty: a person’s sense of engagement, excitement and belonging; Power: a person’s feeling of efficacy – power-to vs. power-over; Wealth: equitable creation and dissemination of resources; Values: the ability to effectively manage conflict and dissolve problems, and; Knowledge: the ability to both contribute to and gain from knowledge and information.

    To provide teachers with this powerful set requires a deep understanding of social system theory, dynamics, and social system design methodology. Social systems are not energy-bonded systems – the “energy” developed in social systems is created by the creative and innovative spirit that resides and lives in it and the ability to see that efforts produce results that mean something. When I have that, motivation is the least of my problems!

    Kudos to you, Tim, for this site and this line of thinking!

    Trace Pickering, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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