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 […]

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.

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. […]

Measure the Treasure: Leadership Transition

The leadership search has concluded, and the appointment of the new head of school has been splashed across the main communication channels of the school and featured on the search firm’s website as an example of a successful placement.