"The calculated logic of strategic analysis (where leaders traditionally spend 80% or more of their time) is simply not enough to engender the commitment from employees required for world-class performance."
Leading through Meaning, Mike Morrison, PhD, Dean, University of Toyota
He precedes that statement by saying, "if a new strategy or simply pushing harder could have solved our problems, our most significant challenges would have been handled long ago." Dr. Morrison is thinking about business, but the same is true, in spades, for school systems. How many school boards are currently looking for a superintendent? And how many of those boards think what they need is the answer person with a new management program, curriculum, or strategic plan? Someone who'll roll in and say, "I'm not here to win a popularity contest." Someone to "whip things into shape." Answer: every last one of them. And then, in 2, 3, or 4 years, they'll be going through the process again and wondering why things didn't work out.