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 […]

What Boards Really Want From the Next Director

Too many boards don’t know what they want from the next director, when there is a transition. They aren’t short on ideas of what they *think* they want, but one wonders whether what they think they want and what the school needs align in ways that are beneficial to all involved. Let’s be honest: 100% […]

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 […]

Competing Commitments

It has been a consistent narrative in education conferences for the past ten to fifteen years: “we need to become more agile, more innovative, more digital, adopt a growth mindset, and focus more on the user…” I have attended a fair number of conferences during this time period, and I think that all of them […]

Learning as Core Competence

Paul Daugherty, H. James Wilson, and Nicola Morini Bianzino wrote in 2017 about jobs that, in their opinion, artificial intelligence would create. MIT Sloan Management Review recently interviewed two of the three co-authors to find out what they have learned since that article was published two years ago. For those of us in education, the […]

Even Though We Know Better

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure…that just ain’t so.”

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.

Craft Schools

What if schools (why not education in general) were run by craftspeople? As Henrietta Thompson writes, “From houses to handbags, models of consumption are changing. Increasingly, we look to borrow rather than buy to ease the pressure on our over-burdened storage units, savings accounts, and souls. But, while many learn to make do with less, […]

Effective Gifted Education?

The topic of gifted education is a frequent one in international school circles. Some schools offer a gifted programme, while others are thinking about it, and still others eschew it entirely.