The MBA and Education Leadership

The MBA and Education Leadership

Public and private sector leadership development remains divided, especially in formal degree programs. Creating transformed schools necessitates bridging the bifurcation. An immediate solution is signing up more would-be education leaders to great MBA programs.

Looking to 2017 for Transforming Education

Looking to 2017 for Transforming Education

The two greatest impediments to transforming education come from the public. Public opinion needs to change in two areas to open the floodgates and radically improve schooling for children. The public needs to embrace the idea that the schools of the future will not look like the schools of the past, and the economics of education need to escape partisan politics. 

Disruption Forecast

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Disruption Forecast

School leaders in the next few years are going to face seismic disruptions in every aspect of teaching and learning. Before accepting a leadership position, the mindful leader needs to gauge the likelihood the school will absorb disruptions or be permanently disrupted by technological change. 

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Successful Teaming: Part Two

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Successful Teaming: Part Two

Workers dislike teams for many reasons. Teammates are often assigned, not chosen. Teams work in meetings, and ineffective meetings mean wasted work time. But there is hope.

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Successful Teaming - Part One

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Successful Teaming - Part One

Team success is organizational success. Capacity to build and deploy effective teams has repeatedly been shown to be more important than individual skill, procedural clarity or even well-defined performance targets in improving organizational outcomes. 

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Risky Leadership

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Risky Leadership

Before considering whether to leave teaching and take a role in the administration, teachers need to learn an important lesson about indemnification. 

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More Memory and a Faster Processor

More Memory and a Faster Processor

When children were given a computer, they self-organized learning groups and reinforced the central tenet of education. We all need more memory and faster processors. 

Getting Incentives Right

Getting Incentives Right

Public education in the United States resists change. That schools look much now as they did in the 1950s and the entrenched interests that resist change is old news. The story less often told and much more provocative is how gatekeeping to school heads hinders change.

More Testing of Students

More Testing of Students

Big new grants announced recently by the feds seek to remedy fears of over-testing students. The current political fight misses the big picture. There is plenty of reason for optimism in more testing. 

Top Four Pain Points in Education Today

Top Four Pain Points in Education Today

Education is loaded with insiders, and for outsiders, education is often a monolith. Insiders know education is highly fragmented. Addressing fundamental challenges in education is the central mission of any leader’s work. With that in mind, here are the top four pain points across the education space. 

The End of the Carnegie Unit

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The End of the Carnegie Unit

Education needs to be untethered from measuring success based on how long students spend in a chair. But the same logic applies to people working in schools. Top talent values being allowed to work at a time, place, path and pace of their choosing.  Schools need to remember to untether its employees as well as its students. 

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Right Sizing Schools

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Right Sizing Schools

The right size of a school the smallest size necessary to ensure it achieves its mission. To be at the right size, leaders need clear answers to two questions. First, what is the school's purpose? Second, how do we know if we're being productive? Until purpose and productivity are defined, schools will always be bloated or baby-sized.

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