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 #5: Understanding the School System

Big Tool #5: Understanding the School System

Big tool #5: Understanding the school system

Schools are a system; changing one part of the system without understanding the ripple effects on others is a recipe for frustration, outright failure, or both. Working systematically is more complicated than attempting one-off solutions … but it works in the long run.

Imagine what would happen if a symphony conductor said, “I think I’ll change what the clarinet section is doing in the third movement” or if the trumpet players got together at a bar one night, and one of them said to the others, “Hey, I’m getting some great feedback from my friends in the audience that we should player louder and faster.” What if the quarterback on a ...

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