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.

Learning From Other Successful Organizations

Learning From Other Successful Organizations

Learning from other successful organizations

Strong ecosystems are diverse ecosystems. School cultures that are sustainably innovative and growth oriented need cross-pollination with the outside world. This does not mean that schools should look like businesses! It means that we know and value learning—and that means learning from the best, wherever we find it.

At a time when we are all trying to predict an uncertain future, we can learn a great deal about how effective organizations work with a look backward. Frederic Laloux (Reinventing Organizations, 2016) researched the evolution of a wide range of organizations over 100,000 years of human history and where they are headed today. He describes a surprisingly simple scaffold of organizational evolution, playfully identified with colors:

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