Category: Vision

  • AI To Replace the Workforce?

    AI is set to replace 16% of the US workforce by 2030. 16% may not sound like much, but in 2023 numbers, that’s over 25 million people without work or in need of new training and help with career pivots! With a number that big, here are some of the opportunities for those who have…

  • How Artificial Intelligence Will Replace Schools

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming every aspect of our lives, from health care to entertainment. But what about education? Will AI replace schools and teachers in the near future? The answer is not so simple. AI has the potential to enhance and personalize learning for students, by providing adaptive feedback, customized curricula, and interactive simulations.…

  • Where the American Dream Goes Wrong

    Hoping you have a great 2022! Here’s a simple opinion post. Where the American Dream Goes Wrong The Dream = Happiness in Things: College Education, Gain Career, Work Hard, Buy House, Buy Cars, Buy Vacations, Pay Down Debts, Keep up Appearances, Save for Retirement Wrong: Buy House, Fill Your House with Stuff, Buy Cars, Buy…

  • Anchor, Focus, and Align

    My friends over in the Principals Masterclass (TJ Vari and Joseph Jones) taught an invaluable lesson on communicating with candor. In that lesson, they gave three concepts to use when giving feedback. These concepts also apply to communicating to a broader audience. Anchor. Focus. Align. We’ve been talking about story-telling this week here and again…

  • Future Cues

    In yesterday’s post, I alluded to cueing systems. One aspect of a cueing system is a set of future cues. Think of it as a script. It tells the actors what’s coming and what role they’ll play. When planning large scale changes, or when navigating unplanned changes, create a series of future cues by scripting…

  • Don’t Just Get Through This Challenging Time

    You and I both know that lasting change happens when two factors are adjusted: Environment Habits In our current educational dilemma, the environment has changed, but many schools are seeking temporary habit changes. Instead of building temporary plans during the COVID challenges, think about leading the way into lasting change. Create organizational habits that outlast…

  • Maintenance vs Subversion in Education

    This might be the time for subversive curriculum and pedagogy. This is the time when our mission is larger than basic learning.

  • Don’t Be Afraid of Endings

    The funny thing about endings is that they are natural. Yet we seem to constantly fight the inevitability of an ending. However, when we embrace the idea that endings are necessary part of the process – the process of growing, the process of getting better, the process of life – then we readily accept the…

  • 5 Things That Plans Are Good For

    Plans aren’t good for everything, and the complexity of a plan is inversely related to the success of its corresponding actions. Here are 5 things that plans are good for: Knowing what A/B test you’re running next. Having a foundation from which quick and decisive action can occur. Having a benchmark from which you make…

  • Opportunities Right Now

    At this moment the change has set in. A new normal has reached its stride. This is the moment where innovators have grasped a vision of what could be. The opportunities right now are immense. Can you see them? Can you create them? I believe you can. The first step is simply knowing that the…

  • Unanticipated Change

    Change is like a rushing river. Unanticipated change often triggers the amygdala. When the amygdala is activated, the long-term vision has a tendency to shrink. When we react, when there’s chaos, or when we scramble, it’s likely that well-intended plans have unintended consequences for our long game. It’s an easy time to get swept away…

  • Novus, New Not Successful

    The Latin root of innovation is novus. It’s the same root for novelty or new. It doesn’t have a relationship to success. That’s because most innovations and new ideas fail. Successful then, is not a function of innovation. Its roots are altogether different.

  • Plans and Execution

    All plans start with great ideas. The challenge of great ideas lies not in their ideation but in their execution. So then there is always that moment when plans come colliding into reality, and their only value lies in the execution.

  • Imagine Classrooms That Are Filled With…

    Imagine classrooms that are filled with students who: Choose to be in that classroom for a specific purpose. Laugh and cry as their creations inspire, compel, and challenge each other to do more – to do better. Work alone on their own pathways at their own pace. Work together creating connections that enrich their lives.…

  • Restarts and Planned Ends

    The end of the year is a great time for restarts. In reality, any time is great for a restart. The reason we often think of the end of the year as a time for new goals, new habits, etc. is that it’s a planned end. It’s anticipated. Unanticipated ends make for chaotic restarts and…