Thursday, April 25, 2013

Machiavelli's The Prince and School Reform

"The long continuum of the dominion obliterates the memories and issues that make men yearn for innovation, for one change will inevitably forge a link to another."

-N. Machiavelli

Changing the culture of a school? Leaders who inherit programs long "held" by "dominions" (i.e. long-standing leadership) will face more daunting challenges. This may seem obvious to many, but this 15th Century verse is a helpful reminder for leaders dealing with people who are mired in doing things "the way they have always been done" and who won't feel the necessity to change their ways.

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