Category : Strategy

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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Just How Different Are You?

With the totally expected news that Barney’s New York is filing for bankruptcy protection, one more bricks-and-mortar store finds itself in a tight spot from the ongoing restructuring of the American retail sector. What is notable about Barney’s is the … READ MORE

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What a Stray In-N-Out Burger Means for Your School

We have long said that what people don’t know they make up, often in the most extreme and dramatic way possible. That’s we humans do as sense-making beings. This truism applies to parent, teachers, alumni and anyone with a stake … READ MORE

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Transcending the Founder: A Necessary, If Fraught, Step for Schools

Every founder’s dream is to create a school that transcends them, that endures long after they are gone. My son attended The Wilson School in St. Louis for elementary school, and its creation story was as Miss Wilson’s School, begun … READ MORE

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Don’t Make It Easy To Leave

Many schools make it too easy for parents (and their students) to leave. Earlier, we wrote in this space about the fragility of trust in the private, independent school environment, and we keep hearing instances where students leave due to … READ MORE

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