Saturday, November 20, 2010

Who Is More Important Than What

Who is a more important variable than what. In other words, it's always people, not programs that determine the quality of a school. Therefore, focusing on recruiting, hiring, and retaining the best people will pay greater dividends than focusing on what new program to implement.

The best people are mavericks and want to leave their mark. They are eccentric--rebels, radicals, and revolutionaries--who walk down unconventional paths. These people are willing to leave the safe harbor.

"It is always from the minority acting in ways different from what the majority would prescribe that the majority in the end learns to do better," advises Friedrich August von Hayek.

Ideas based on the works of:
  • What Great Principals Do Differently by Todd Whitaker
  • High-Velocity Cultural Change by Price Pritchett
  • My Years As a Hispanic Youth Advocate by Barbara Lovejoy

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