Dead Fish
Dead Fish

Those fish are all going to die. That is what happens when there are too many fish in the fish bowl…they die. Plain and simple, there is not enough water…not enough space. It is a capacity problem. The environment is not sustainable. Organizations are similar to a fish bowl in terms of capacity. They need […]

Competence
Competence

It is difficult—close to impossible—to navigate the subway system in Tokyo if you cannot read Japanese. No matter how smart you are, you need to be competent with the basics of written Japanese. Competence can be gained with study or exposure to new things. If you move to Japan, you will gain some comfort with […]

Stay on the Beam
Stay on the Beam

Stay on the Beam! That is what pilots did to stay on course. It was a radio beam…when they were on the beam it was silent. This quiet was a benevolent affirmation of their plane’s trajectory and velocity. When they got off the beam – they heard an audible noise. This negative feedback continued until […]

“WOW” The Martin Institute Conference 2014

The Martin Institute “Learning Forward” Annual Conference held at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN was OUTSTANDING!  The Presbyterian Day School campus was a perfect venue.  Having classrooms to conduct the concurrent sessions created an atmosphere of quality instruction.  The use of the spacious Fellowship Hall for keynote and featured speakers was ideal, allowing for […]

Best of Show

During 2013 I visited more than 120 boarding schools from Florida to Victoria British Columbia, from Los Angeles to Maine, and from Toronto to San Antonio. This experience was insightful, exhausting, and invigorating. There were large and small schools, wealthy and modest schools, urban and rural schools. There were sunny warm days and rainy cold […]

Tale of Three Noses

Sir Percy Lake was Shawnigan Lake School’s first chairman of the Board of Governors from 1928-1941. His stamp on the school includes one of the two original boarding houses appropriately named “Lakes” which was founded on May 12, 1927. Sir Percy Lake also served as first Chief of the Canadian General Staff.  Little did Sir […]

Is Your School Leadership Delphic or Odyssean?

This week the newspaper described two varieties of economic forward guidance: Delphic and Odyssean. Delphic is named after the ambiguous Greek oracle, Delphi. Intentions are announced and repeated until new data alters the intent. Odyssean recalls the Greek hero Odysseus tying his hands to the mast as they passed the Sirens. He heard the music […]