Relate, repeat, and reframe to promote change

Dennis Sparks on re·sil·ience

People can change the deep-rooted patterns of how they think, feel, and act.

— Alan Deutschman

In Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life Alan Deutschman explains that people are influenced to change through three linked elements he describes as relate, repeat, and reframe. Relate underscores the importance of sustained relationships with individuals and groups that inspire and sustain hope and provide support. Such relationships can be formed with teachers, mentors, support groups, or communities, among others. Repeat means learn, practice, and master new skills until they become habits. And reframe means providing others ways to think about a situation. Because established frames resist facts and reasoned arguments, deep-rooted beliefs and conceptual frameworks must be identified and altered to support desired changes.

Although Change or Die is not explicitly about education, it explains why well-intentioned innovations expire rather than thrive. A problem, Deutschman says…

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