School Leadership Reimagined - Why Settle for Good When You Could Be Great?

EPISODE 59

Why Settle for Good When You Could Be Great?

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • “Good is the enemy of great.” The reason that we don’t have more great schools is because we have so many good schools.
  • “A great organization is one that delivers superior performance and makes a distinctive impact over a long period of time.” Thus in order to be great (according to Jim Collins) you need 3 things -- superior performance, distinctive impact, and sustained results.
  • ​​​It’s really hard work being good. It’s less work and more fun being great.

Ever since Jim Collins penned his seminal work Good to Great, many schools have made that their goal. And yet, why is it that so few of us have actually made the transition from a school that is merely good, to one that "delivers a superior performance and makes a distinctive impact over a long period of time."

The answer is that "Good is the enemy of great." So in today's episode, we're going to explore why being a good school is no longer enough and how more of us can make the transformation from good to great #LikeABuilder.

Check out these highlights:

  • Ticket sales for the January Builder’s Lab have closed. Check out www.mindstepsinc.com/builders-lab to see the upcoming 2020 dates and locations. Tickets for the summer Builder’s Labs will go on sale in early 2020 so plan now.
  • Why it’s hard for so many of us to go from good to great.  
  • ​​​How being good is like being the tallest jockey at the race track.
  • How school transformation is not just for failing schools. Many good schools need transformation too.  
  • ​3 reasons why so many schools settle for good when they could be great (don’t fall for these traps!).
  • How to shake up the status quo and create a sense of urgency.  
  • ​Why being good cheats students (and you!).
  • Why being great takes less effort and less overall work than staying good.  
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