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.

Building Cultures of Innovation in Schools

Building cultures of innovation in schools

Once your team has created a strong North Star, you have a self-generated tool of shared interest and accountability. Now you can spread the nutrients that will allow the team to thrive in that ecosystem of shared interest. A culture that values innovation will thrive in the wellspring of those nutrients.

In Chapter 1, we adopted a simple definition of innovation for schools: Innovation is about creating, finding, and implementing new ideas that add value to the organization in the long term. For at least the last four decades, the business world has found that innovation is a powerful engine of success. As new technologies in transportation, purchasing, communication, knowledge-sharing, travel, and global ...

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