Systemization

For a school, some of the places that the systemization must occur are simple to find and address. Examples such as;

  • staff handbook,
  • school website,
  • updates to standard forms,
  • personnel code of conduct, and
  • meeting protocols.

These can all be readily adjusted and published and disseminated. But the effective systemization requires a longer and deeper search for such areas as;

  • induction program,
  • alumni communications,
  • yearbook,
  • deep within the curriculum,
  • contract of employment,
  • performance management and appraisal structures,
  • student reports, and
  • budget allocations.

In all of these myriad locations can be found statements, protocols or procedures that jar with the change and will inevitably push back against full implementation and acceptance. It is inertia (the default state of organizations) that will conspire with the established way of doing something and weaken the impact of change. It is often slow and steady and requires constant attention, but it is what will ensure sustained progress.

Have a look at the following table from “Make It Stick”. Embedding Change in Organizational Culture. By Dan S Cohen. (Harvard Business Press). It is a very useful checklist for identifying the level of systemization that is underway. It may not direct you exactly where to look, but it will certainly assist you to start the search.

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