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.
You are building a value-oriented team and culture at your school. Do you just wing it when you are building a house? When you are cooking dinner? When you are teaching? No! The tools we have discussed so far are only valuable if they produce the results you need for your school to thrive over time. And for that, we need to measure in ways that we have not done in the past.
[Page 115]District and site leaders need tools to measure how well their teams are doing. Every school governing board wants to know how to measure innovation. How do we know that the time, energy, money, and skill-building involved in this cultural shift are working? These are important and legitimate ...