In last eight years I’ve spent in frontline education, I cannot count the times I’ve had administrators bring up some management scheme misdescribed and misexecuted as a result, or rejected completely by businesses years ago. Each time I wonder, don’t these organizational leaders read the management journals, the leadership gurus?
Well, no they don’t.
So, for the three or four principals and administrators who occasionally read this blog, will you do us all a favor?
Follow Tom Peters and Rosabeth Moss Kanter on their Twitter feeds, will you? A few times a week you’ll get a gem of advice from each of them. It’ll improve your life, and it will improve your organizations if you pay attention.
Agree or disagree with me — let us know in comments.
Who is Rosabeth Moss Kanter? You should know her as the author of Teaching Elephants to Dance. It’s a hoary old classic by now — and not present in any of the libraries of the administrators I see daily.
Who is Tom Peters? He was co-author of In Search of Excellence, and has gone on to push excellence, quality and good change for the past quarter century plus.
If you, Ms. or Mr. Educator, do not know who these people are, you’re hopelessly behind the times. If you are not familiar with their writings, your schools are suffering for your ignorance.
Go change something.