Winning formula

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.


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