Author Archives: kelseybrunton

change and leadership

When the word leadership comes to mind what do you think of?  When the word change comes to mind what do you think of?  If you think long enough about leadership and change you will find that they are interconnected.  Many of America’s great leaders are identified as such because they lead us through great […] Continue reading

Posted in change, contemporary pedagogy, Leadership, leading social change

social change….

I got to thinking that social change was all about addressing the gaps that existed as a result of government procedures. For example we talk a lot about charter schools addressing many of the issues and gaps within education – charter schools are an example of social change. However, bringing about social change also has […] Continue reading

Posted in awareness, contemporary pedagogy, education, experientail learning, hands on learning, leading social change, social change

wikinomics and leadership

What Last week in class we discussed an article in the book Leading Organizations called “Wikinomics: The Art and Science of Peer Production.” Within this article they discuss the power of many and recent use of the public to generate answers. Wikipedia has pioneered this concept and harnessed the public as a source to provide […] Continue reading

Posted in collaboration, collaborative and community leadership, contributions, Leadership, people, solutions

organizational change models

In my leading social change class we discussed the causal model for organizational performance and change by Burke and Litwin in 1992. Some of the key elements of this model are the open systems approach, the leadership components, and the transformational and transactions factors. At the epicenter of the model is work climate which is […] Continue reading

Posted in appreciative inquiry, Leadership, leading social change, Motivation, organizational change models, people, transactional, transformational

Appreciative Inquiry

I first learned about Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in my community development and education class. I was intrigued by its positive foundation especially in the context of community development, which can, quite frankly, be depressing and complex. I remember processing appreciative inquiry’s 4-D cycle in class. As a practitioner in community development the first question I […] Continue reading

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A Reflection and Questions Surrounding Women in Leadership

what Women in the workforce. Since the labor shortage in WWII women have entered the workforce which was supported by the rise in the feminist movement. Women were also encouraged to go to work because the cost of living was higher and working became a necessity for most families. In the early 1960s and 70s […] Continue reading

Posted in bias, collaborative and community leadership, gender, Leadership, perspectives, reality, women

stress and creativity

I have to confess that the past couple of weeks have been very stressful.  Stress is a result of having more work to do than you have time.  Oh the life of a graduate student.    I have 2 blogs posts “due” this week.  And all this week I have been racking my brain trying […] Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, contemporary pedagogy, creativity, cultivation, stress

the gap (not the store)

What? In class this week we were talking about the cognitive gap with respect to the work done by Kirton. Then my professor simplified things and explained this spectrum between your current status, the GAP, and your desired status (results). And then….everything made sense!! So What? Well lots of models related to change fit in […] Continue reading

Posted in cognitive gap, crucial confrontations, leading social change, team work

Levels of change

What In our reading on Levels of Organizational Change by Burke, the author shares three levels of change, individual, group, and larger system, that must be reached before change can take place within an organization. It is noted that organizational change is far more complex than just these three levels, albeit limiting, the levels help […] Continue reading

Posted in change, Kotters 8 steps to change, Leadership, leading social change, lewins change model

you want me to blog?

blogging….its seems to have taken over my spring semester, three of my five classes have asked me to blog. My synthesis of these requests is that blogging is great and meaningful stuff. So I have grown accustomed to sharing my (humble) scholarly thoughts via blog as a narrative of my work (as Dr. Gardner would […] Continue reading

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