The work of improvement creates the backbone for real change where it matters. Focus on continuous improvement yields valuable results and radically changes outcomes in a number of fields, but in education, momentum has struggled. In the words of today’s podcast guest, the education field hasn’t hardwired the deep skillset of improvement and we have more work to do. In this episode, Dr. Pat Greco joins us to continue the conversation around improving school systems and organizations so leaders can accelerate results and sustain success over time. Pat will also share about her contribution to a chapter in Tony Bryk’s new book, Improvement in Action.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
What are the most important measures to look at when it comes to improvement work, and why?
What tools or tactics can have the greatest impact when it comes to transforming a struggling organization?
How can leaders improve their organizations despite resistance from other executives or members of their community?
Create Change Where it Matters
“Our superpower as leaders lives in building the people and processes so they can see how their work matters—not getting lost in the jargon or isolated initiatives—being crystal clear on the why, and keeping our processes on track so we’re really monitoring whether or not our how is creating our intended results. Process work is critical in improvement. We need to nail down those core processes, seek insights, remove barriers, and keep the people close to the work continuing to refine those processes on a daily basis.”