The book is broken into three sections that are loaded with examples and stories from educators, schools and business. Part I: Will define and bring together the three most important concepts in creating long-term success: value, strategy, and innovation. Part II: Covers the Five Big Tools of strategic change. There are more than this, but these five proven tools are a great place to start. There are concrete, relatively simple ways for you and your school team to use these tools to build both a comfort and capacity for change that can improve learning and create more excitement about what your school has to offer. Part III: Deals with the pragmatic reality of how to compete in an evolving marketplace of customer-families who have choices about how and where their kids will be educated. In these chapters I share what works for schools as well as lessons from other businesses that are very different from schools.
The Road to “Thrive”: Value, Strategy, Innovation
Newton’s first law applies equally to physics and organizational dynamics: An object will remain at rest or in uniform motion unless compelled to change by the action of an external force. Due to contrarian forces that have buffeted our schools back and forth, most schools have stayed relatively “at rest” for decades. Now there are new sets of external forces acting on them. Exactly what that new motion will look like, however, is not predetermined for all schools. Schools are people-centric, and people, unlike billiard balls, make choices.
The choice of where you want your school to be in the future starts with understanding your community of users, setting goals, and then ...