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.

Lead Like an Architect

Lead like an architect

In a time of increasing volatility and uncertainty, effective organizations realize that leadership is not about “the general” telling everyone what to do every day, in every situation. In order to use the tools we have discussed, in order to build a value proposition that will excite current and future families, effective school leaders think and lead more like architects than like generals and dictatorial CEOs in the past.

Several years ago, a team of researchers in the United Kingdom studied schools that were struggling with various change opportunities and obstacles (Hill, Mellon, Laker, & Goddard, 2016). They looked at how school leaders were attempting to meet these challenges, which leadership styles were successful and which were ...

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