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.”

Whither Artificial Intelligence in Education?

I’m simply looking for evidence that supports the typical assertion about why we use technology in schools, about why we spend so much of our budgets on costly information services and infrastructure.

An Aggregation of Individuals

Senior leaders looking to effect organisational change can serve as champions of that change, provided that they go system-wide and motivate people to learn and change, create the conditions for them to apply what they’ve studied, foster immediate improvements in individual and organisational effectiveness, and put in place systems that help sustain the learning. To […]

Powering Ahead: Alternative School Models

Just as Tesla automobiles are becoming a more common sight around the world, one wonders when alternative school models (ASMs for short) will gain similar traction?

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.

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 […]