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Staying Lean: Why You Shouldn’t Have a Master Plan

Static planning leads to stagnancy, while streamlined flexibility promotes innovation
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A Definitive Guide to Teacher Checklists

A Definitive Guide to Teacher Checklists | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande writes about the importance of list making as a process of working through critical decisions, and list reviewing as a critical element to support aspirations
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Avoiding blind spots in your next joint venture | McKinsey & Company

Avoiding blind spots in your next joint venture | McKinsey & Company | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Even joint ventures developed using familiar best practices can fail without cross-process discipline in planning and implementation. A McKinsey & Company article. many JVs struggle with insufficient planning to respond to eventual changes in risk. Such lapses, even in the early stages of planning, create blind spots that affect subsequent stages and eventually hinder implementation and ongoing operations. We’ll examine each of these issues, along with the approaches some companies are taking to deal with them.


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Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn In Their Homework | LD Topics | LD OnLine

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn In Their Homework | LD Topics | LD OnLine | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How can you help the child who does his homework, but then forgets to turn it in? Learn to help children with executive functioning problems plan and organize by reading these strategies.
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These are some tips to share with teachers who are finding trouble getting homework from students with executive functioning problems. 

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Even In An Age of Uncertainty, Managers Still Must Decide

In an age of disruption, the only viable strategy is to adapt.
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Greg Satell: "Since 1960, the average lifespan on the S&P 500 has fallen from 60 years to less than 20 and fully 87% of the companies on the Fortune 500 in 1955 no longer exist."

 

This statement and material that explore similar statements belong in history lessons and business courses at the secondary school and college levels (and they probably are). Such statistics drive home the lessons of  VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity). 


Dismissal of VUCA is at the heart of some kinds of politics and political stances, but is also at the heart of the war against science and education. It is far from understood, in terms of education and the goals of education. VUCA is why educators need to promote resilience, the ability to adapt and to develop strategies, and should include approaches to design thinking, (open) systems thinking, critical thinking, and STEM fields where experimentation, modeling, and simulations can be used to solve problems. Problem solving should include the arts which promotes knowledge and insight from imagination and memory. 

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Manage Uncertainty with Commander's Intent

Manage Uncertainty with Commander's Intent | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Commander’s Intent is the description and definition of what a successful mission will look like. Military planning begins with the Mission Statement that describes the who, what, when, where, and why (the 5 W’s) of how a mission will be executed. Commander’s Intent describes how the Commander (read: CEO) envisions the battlefield at the conclusion of the mission. It shows what success looks like. Commander’s Intent fully recognizes the chaos, lack of a complete information picture, changes in enemy situation, and other relevant factors that may make a plan either completely or partially obsolete when it is executed. The role of Commander’s Intent is to empower subordinates and guide their initiative and improvisation as they adapt the plan to the changed battlefield environment. Commander’s Intent empowers initiative, improvisation, and adaptation by providing guidance of what a successful conclusion looks like. Commander’s Intent is vital in chaotic, demanding, and dynamic environments.

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Bayesian Strategy

Bayesian Strategy | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Failing “fast and cheap” is becoming too slow and too expensive.
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from the author: "Sorry if that wasn’t clear. I have no problem with scenario planning, which originally arose as an alternative to strategic planning. However, it is primarily used for either financial planning or long term strategy, where the need to update is obvious.

What I mean to say is that we need to inject Bayesian mechanisms into all of our plans. A good example is media planning, which used to be a power-point/meeting driven process, but is now highly automated and adaptive. Creative executions are going that way as well and “creative optimization” is becoming a fairly standard practice.

As the informational content of our products and services continues to rise, everything needs to adapt on the fly. Today, we think nothing of getting a few dozen updates to our phone every week, soon our cars, homes, medicine and just about everything else you can think of will work the same way.

What will we plan for?"

- Greg (the author)

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