A thought-provoking article (The New Yorker) written by Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point, Blink etc) using basketball analogies to demonstrate how substituting effort for ability can be a successful strategy particularly for the underdogs.
The points that Gladwell makes are:
1. be relentless – don’t give up
2. think outside the square – always question the norm
3. trust that your team can step-up
4. the end result is never as important as the strategy because these strategies when implemented give rise to other opportunities ( Henry Mintzberg).
For schools it means being courageous, proactive and willing to examine what can be done differently and better when it comes to student learning.