Generating short-term wins is a pretty straight forward part of Kotter’s eight stage process, but yet it is often overlooked. I can say that as a principal, teacher, and coach, this step is something that I often overlooked. As a big picture thinker, I failed to recognize all of the short-term wins that were all around me. Unfortunately, failing to recognize short term wins can have dreadful results on your long term goal.
Kotter lists three characteristics of short-term wins.
1) It’s visible; large numbers of people can see for themselves whether the result is real or just hype.
2) It’s unambiguous; there can be little argument over the call.
3) It’s clearly related to the change effort.
Communicate these wins to educational stakeholders so that everyone can see that there is progress being made. By communicating and recognizing those wins, you will be much more likely to keep everyone on board for the long haul.