Category : Strategy

Dystopia and You: What the Contemporary Mood Means for Schools

A fascinating reveal of the dystopian angst in contemporary affairs comes from J. Walter Thompson’s review of Milan Design Week 2019. Reflecting the current uncertain zeitgeist, mainstream designs focus on environmental and societal apocalypse. It doesn’t get more dystopian that … READ MORE

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What Leverages Innovation

Building on our recent post on innovation, this item from Kaihan Krippendorf’s Outthinker newsletter further unpacks the difficulty in even defining what we mean by that term. Through analysis of the actual performance of companies commonly regarded as innovation leaders … READ MORE

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Understanding the Innovation Challenge in Education

Innovation is all the rage in schools. Almost every web site and strategic plan contain something about innovation and nearly all school leaders think that there is something innovative about their schools. Even those with traditional pedagogies or practices tied … READ MORE

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The Weird Psychology of Personal Affluence

An item in Fast Company today explains some of the strange psychology around family income. Admissions officers have long known that parents with substantial incomes often categorize themselves as solidly middle class. Citing Pew data: There is little consensus on … READ MORE

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Great Boards Are Boring

We have long thought that the best boards are invisible. Not absent, really, but certainly not in the public eye clamoring for attention. They do their work quietly and competently, eschewing a prominent public profile. Management does the up-in-front-of-the-room stuff. … READ MORE

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Ready for the Inevitable

As news reports in recent days point toward a global economic slowdown, inevitable given the long boom we have been riding, we point readers to our December 2018 Leading Trends briefing on exactly how schools should prepare.

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