SIMposium Session: Pushing the Pause Button: Who We Are When We Lead Change

Thursday, July 13 - 8:30-11:30 am

Presenter:  Jim Knight

Session Description:

Richard Leider, the author of The Power of Purpose, spent more than 30 years interviewing thousands of people over the age of 65 asking them, “If you could live your life over, what would you do differently?” One of the three themes he heard again and again was that people wished they’d been more reflective and pushed the pause button more often, stopping to think about the big ideas in their lives. This presentation is designed to give you a chance to push your pause button and think about your life, and in particular how you live your life as a leader of change. 

For the past two decades, researchers at KU-CRL and The Instructional Coaching Group have been studying the simple truths, and habits that empower change leaders (and isn’t that all every adult wants?) to be more effective. In this presentation, drawing on ideas from The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2022) you’ll learn about the newest thinking on the principles for building learning partnerships, as well as the communication and leadership habits that lead to real change. You’ll also learn seven simple truths of change related to hope, motivation, and creative tension and about the other two themes of regret people most frequently mentioned when they were interviewed by Dr. Leider. Most importantly, you’ll have time to discuss and reflect on how you want to use or adapt the ideas in this presentation to your professional, and perhaps more importantly, personal life.