Category : Strategy

The Question No One Asks

Until now. A board member at an extraordinarily successful school where one of us conducted a strategic planning session last weekend wrote in an email, “How the school might defy the laws of organizational gravity and stay at the top … READ MORE

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Are We At the Podcast Tipping Point?

Item 1: Podcasts can now win Pulitzer Prizes, according to this story in Engadget. Item 2: Spotify’s 2019 half-billion dollar bet on podcasts is already paying off, according to this item in The Verge. Item 3: A board member at … READ MORE

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Face Time

We include facial recognition and artificial intelligence algorithms that detect emotion among the trends we are tracking this fall. Most board members and administrators react with either horror and disgust or disbelief to the notion that software developers are combining … READ MORE

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What Students Know Matters (Still)

We have long championed the notion that because information is essentially free, it matters less what a students knows in terms of facts and concepts and more how adept they are at certain skills (or habits of mind and heart). … READ MORE

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Embedment and Diagnosis as Keys to Leading Change

Todd M. Warner’s recent manifesto on the Change This website, “Rethinking Execution: The Salsa Scale of Embedment,” makes two crucial points that are often neglected by those seeking to effect change in independent and international schools. First, Warner writes about … READ MORE

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Don’t Make Your Competitive Advantage More Ephemeral Than It Already Is

Competitive advantage is notoriously fragile, as reflected in the widely held notion that it lasts, at best, only about five years in most industries. Advantage in the private schools space is perhaps even more fleeting, as good ideas become ever … READ MORE

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