On Creative Construction

You may have heard of the term ‘creative destruction.’ Coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950), it was meant to signify what Schumpeter saw as the dynamic interplay between economic progress and competition inherent in that progress. School leaders are reading about (or seeing) a relentless influx of new enterprises (organisations of all types) that are proposing […]

Redefining the Top Leadership Position?

In 2017, John Chambers (who was then CEO of Cisco Systems) was the guest speaker in an executive education class at Harvard Business School, where he delivered the following message: “A decade or two ago, CEOs could be in their offices with spreadsheets, executing on strategy. Now, if you’re not out listening to the market […]

The 4iR and Its Discontents

The World Economic Forum (WEF) created a much-thumbed document when it published its perspectives on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4iR) in 2015. Its ascendancy to religious text status cannot be understated.

Of Ethics and AI

How can we use AI in education, and how should we use AI in education? These are very different questions. The former deals with our pure ability to use it (we employ software, for instance), while the latter encourages us to pause and contemplate ethical decisions related to the use of AI applications and products. […]

Re-Imagining Global Citizenship

Where are we now, as humans? As we look at the world around us, we are confronted by new power arrangements (e.g., militant groups) whose content and speed and instincts all seem quite foreign to ‘how we do things’ across the world. By ‘we’ is meant the overwhelming majority of humans who live in traditional […]

On Imaginative Gridlock

The safest place for ships is in the harbour, but that’s not why ships were built. Anonymous For how long has imaginative gridlock been clouding our inventiveness in the international education sector?

Innovation Nonsense

We are awash in a world of absolute nonsense insofar as the word innovation is concerned. There exists a remarkable euphoria in education around the term, intertwined with an ignorance as to its meaning, and therefore, usage. What do I mean?

Future-Back Strategy

“Imagine getting in your car with the hope of getting to an exciting new destination. You strap on your seat belt, press the ignition button, and set off. You fix your eyes…to the rearview mirror. It doesn’t take long before you rear end another car or end up in a ditch. You can’t move forwards […]

The Right Compensation Model for Heads?

Compensation of heads (directors) of international schools has become big business, especially for consultants who promote their prowess in benchmarking of executive compensation.

Of Ethics and Struggle

Do we have a system of moral principles that govern our business actions in the world that we call international schools? How are individuals in our sector behaving, when it comes to ‘making deals’ to open/create new schools around the world, as part of the wave that appears to be remarkable growth in international schools?