Not all of these apply to education (security? surprise?) but it’s a pretty good checklist to ensure any strategy is well-developed: “13 Elements of a Great Strategy Objective Knowledge Initiative Mass Economy Flexibility Unity of Leadership Security Surprise Simplicity Speed Communication Commitment “ read more about each one here: 13 Elements of a Great Strategy.
“The rate at which organizations and individuals learn may well become the only sustainable competitive advantage.” What could be truer? In our increasingly competitive, global, fast-moving economy, companies that take learning seriously—or more accurately, the learning of its people seriously — are much better off than companies that don’t.And, such “learning organizations” stand in marked contrast to that other kind, which tend to base decision-making on tradition, history, bias, emotion, and perception rather than verifiable data. via It Takes More Than Brains to Create a Learning Organization.
“How do we do more with less, in a frenetic, frantic environment? By increasing focus, minimizing blind spots, and encouraging a culture of accountability. Whether viewed at an individual or organizational level, these are three critical skills to cultivate; as such, here are three questions to help you build these prioritisation skills.“
“One of the things they found most valuable in their arts classes was the freedom not to have to seek right and wrong answers,” Bilder said. “It was that freedom to explore that led them to be increasingly engaged and allowed them to forge connections that allowed them to be more creative.” via On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | MindShift.
“Group brainstorming can be an effective means of generating new ideas–or it can be an unproductive time-suck. If you aren’t getting results from your collective thinking sessions, these tips from Column Five just might help.“
“There is mounting evidence that suggests employees who exercise autonomy regularly at work are happier and more productive. The right workers in the right role can transform an entire department–maybe even an entire organization–but only if their ability to act on their intuition and creativity is unleashed.“ http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/X_34TZ8QxTk/story01.htm
The English teacher in me loves this: “When we read dry, factual arguments, we read with our dukes up. We are critical and skeptical. But when we are absorbed in a story we drop our intellectual guard. We are moved emotionally and this seems to leave us defenseless.” Use emotion, stories, anecdotes, narrative to get your message across. via Product Narrative: How to Use Fiction to Get Your Story Straight | Inc.com.