EDL 400: Organizational Leadership & Change

I just completed the first course in my Doctoral program of Educational Leadership at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  I plan to take three courses this summer and need to complete 16 total to earn the Ed.D.

This first course was taught by Dr. Anne Fitzgerald and it focused on Bolman and Deal’s book, “Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership”. The big idea for leaders is to look at organizations through four different “frames” or models. I made a power point to summarize the four frame and it is below. The idea is to force oneself to think in different ways and frame issues from different perspectives. It also is important for leaders to think in ways that are not naturally inclined to do.

There are lots of valuable ideas and resources the course provided me. The photo above is a board game we did in class called The Change Game, and it was a simulation of how to implement change in a school. My notes from the course are below. There were several big ideas that were also featured in the class besides the four frames. These included Roger Martin’s Integrative Thinking and the Opposable Mind, the Curse of Cluelessness, Mintzberg’s Five, Myerson’s Tempered Radicals, Keegan and Lahey’s Immunity to Change.



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