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.

Outmoded Working Culture in Schools

The future of work sounds absolutely amazing, if we are reading and listening to all that is being produced. From the notion of having workspaces that will be configured to match the tasks we are working on at that very moment, to constant feedback on our biorhythms, to the development of portable schools to allow […]

Why Innovation Fails

As much as we talk about innovation in international schools today, we know there is plenty of apprehension to engage in innovation. Apprehension tends to centre on the notion of risk, and, given that boards tend to be conservative by nature, it is hardly a surprise that we’re not seeing more innovation.

Changing Suboptimal Behaviours

When something goes wrong in our organisation, too often the immediate reaction is to search for scapegoats, say Costas Markides and Anita McGahan in the most recent issue of London Business School Review (“Achieving Change that Lasts,” vol 26.1). “We rarely look to rectify the underlying structure of the system that encouraged that individual to […]

Creativity and System Leadership

As much as we hear experts and presenters talk about the need for creativity in education in an incessantly dynamic and interconnected world, we see rather dimly when it comes to how to catalyse it.