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I’m recently back from attending the successful MekongSkills2Work (MS2W) Network 2nd Leadership Summit. The theme, “Powering the Future” was appropriate given the dawn of a new horizon of work. The second day of the workshop included a focus on the importance and tactics to make change stick. The “institutionalization of change” can be more simply described as the process to embed change so it becomes the new way teaching and learning occur at each Mekong Learning Center (MLC).
Student motivation is usually thought of in simple terms.  By this, we think students are either motivated for learning or they are not.  Yet, motivation is not static.  It is perhaps more useful to think about how instructors initially get, then keep student motivation. How can we build and maintain motivation for adopting to new instructional methods that aim to prepare workplace ready skills?
As change progress, we may lose sight of the overall purpose of what we are working towards. Apart from remembering the objectives, leaders and everyone in an organization working to make a change need to keep a clear overarching vision, of why we do what we do. Let’s explore the importance of vision in starting, guiding, and maintaining motivation for change.
Before deciding to do something, since the beginning, you need to know how you want it to end. To simply put it, keeping your objective clear is the key. So, what should you keep in mind when making a change to new ways of teaching?
Like a portrait photograph, when a face is on focus, everything else around it is a blur. The focus on implementing new processes and attention to modify behavior often dominates our daily efforts. During change process it is important to purposely stop and assess the progress made. You want to capture everything. It’s time to switch from portrait mode to landscape mode.
Change is one of the few constants in life, and yet it is often difficult to embrace. Especially at first, change can feel very unfamiliar, perhaps even a little uncomfortable.