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.

Big Tool #4: The School Innovation Stairway

Big Tool #4: The School Innovation Stairway

Big tool #4: The school innovation stairway

As with the logic model, we have a time-tested stairway upon which successfully innovating organizations can climb. If these key elements are in place or can be developed, there is an excellent chance that significant, sustainable change will occur!

While the Kotter(+) model provides the actions of successful organizational change, we also need to ensure that critical pieces are in place for successful change to take place. We might think of these pieces as the resources and nutrients that allow change to thrive. As with a living organism, a process of strategic change will flourish if all of the nutrients are present; lack of any one critical resource can be fatal, ...

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