Michael Barber, former chief advisor on delivery to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, provides steps to achieving public education reform in this practical field guide.

Create an Irreversible Delivery Culture

Create an irreversible delivery culture

“For organizational or systemic change, you actually have to motivate hordes of people to do something.”

—Michael Fullan, The Six Secrets of Change (p. 63)

The previous four chapters have laid out the tools and tactics of delivery. While these tools and tactics are necessary elements of success, they will not be sufficient by themselves. Even if your system has a high-performing Delivery Unit that has guided system leaders through the process of diagnosis, planning, and monitoring of delivery, the question remains, how can a handful of people in a Delivery Unit make change stick in a bureaucracy of hundreds or even thousands? Put another way, how can you ensure that your delivery effort survives in the ...

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