Make Your Organization Anti-Fragile – Brad Power – Harvard Business Review
“Many large, successful organizations are more fragile than they seem. They break under stress. Remember the travails of Kodak, Digital Equipment Corp., and Washington Mutual? In their heyday, they were dominant players in their sectors. All disappeared. Why do relatively few companies prove resilient and withstand stress? And why are even fewer “anti-fragile” — that is, they get stronger when stressed?”
[H/T @_brianjarvis for re-bringing this incredible provocation to my attention]
Interesting that the article references how biological systems “gain from disorder.” With much disorder in this VUCA world, I become increasingly convinced that schools must intentionally become less like industrial machines and more like biomimic’d ecosystems. (Something @GrantLichtman and I discuss incessantly)
Engineering the Future (The Garage of the Mind) | DCulberhouse
@DCulberhouse enjoying writing on change ldrsp. @GrantLichtman @boadams1 @jbrettjacobsen @jgough “forward thinkering” http://t.co/kGnakSLr3F
On Writing With Others – NYTimes.com
IMHO, this is a beautiful piece – both on the surface and as a deep, provocative metaphor. Who are our true co-authors as classroom teachers, administrators, educators? Coaching staffs seem to be way ahead of “us” on this. My co-teaching partnership was invaluable, and I wish more educators could work with a co-author. It would be better for us, and better for the children. I guess we let “cost effective” stand in our way.
The Age Of The Learner And A (Disruptive Mindset) | DCulberhouse
“Working in an ever-evolving state of creating, recreating, recasting and re-imagining the world around us.” (H/T @akytle)
Break Down, Rebuild, Start Fresh | Powerful Learning Practice
“Taking the posture of a learner first, educator second requires us to understand that we will never arrive at the place of “super educator.” The truth is that even if we solve the problems facing us as a profession, the solutions will only give way to new problems. Now more than ever we need to become the learners we have always wanted our students to be. We do not need information about teaching and learning. We need revelation.”
How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe) – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review
“Leadership — true leadership —is a lost art. Leaders lead us not to a place — but to a different kind of destination: to our better, truer selves. It is an act of love in the face of an uncertain world.”
Thank you, Bo, for bringing this commentary on writing with others to my attention.
I share your humble opinion; it is a beautiful piece both in the author’s analysis of how collaboration has brought the “reader” into his immediate writing presence and helped him understand how others hear his writing voice and in its metaphorical suggestions for teaching. I learn the most from my peers – why I’m returning to the classroom more than any other reason – and find such interaction so fulfilling both for me and my students. I hope there’s some way to hurdle that “cost effective” barrier.
Another interesting point to consider is the possibility that collaboration sometimes takes place without us knowing, that there are hidden ways to collaborate. The author in his commentary writes, “Margaret Atwood, has said, ‘Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for, when they scrawl their names in the snow.’” But that wasn’t a direct quote by Margaret Atwood. Those words are written by a writer – a character in her book Blind Assassin. In many ways, Atwood was collaborating with a fictional writer of her own creation, another deep layer of synergy.