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.

Pushing Our Horizons

Pushing our horizons

I’m not sure who first proffered this advice, but it’s good: There is a reason that race-car drivers, hurtling around a track at 200 miles per hour, focus on the middle-top section of their windshield, not on the bottom third. The faster you travel, the less valuable it is to look at the ground immediately in front of you and the more important it is to focus farther ahead.

When I left my house in the early fall of 2012, I had an energy-efficient Prius, a full tank of gas, GPS on my phone, some spare clothes, a few golf clubs, permission from my wife, and an approximate schedule of schools around the country to visit over the next ...

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