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.

The Ethics of Leadership Search

With the growth we’ve experienced in the international schools sector, it should be no surprise that there is a concomitant increase in the number of leadership searches happening at any time. I find position descriptions fascinating (I admit to having a habit of reading loads of them…) on account of the questions generated from the […]

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 Problem With Professional Learning

Getting to real learning requires disrupting our natural propensity to avoid it.

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.