Outperforming CEOs and their views on external partnership

IBM's CEO C-Suite Studies (2012) identifies collaborating with "external partners" to drive innovation.

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IBM conducted several studies (one every two years) with various business leaders from around the world to determine what characteristics encouraged growth. The 2012 CEO study is based on face-to-face conversations with more than 1,700 chief executive officers in 64 countries. It emphasizes "embracing connectedness" with a special chapter on "Amplifying innovation with partnerships."

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Thanks for sharing, Joseph! The idea of "growth," while central for innovation, is one I haven't see discussed much in the education sphere. How might we start thinking about growth in this way?

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In other areas, growth and innovation are unusually seen as diversification, as in entering new markets or industries or creating new products. Although I'm hesitant to make too many comparisons or direct applications of business strategies to education, growth through diversification can offer education a way to reach diverse learners and to tap into our cognitive surplus in approaching the wicked problems we face in education. Diversifying our approaches to education and creating new "products" in education can be a powerful way to encourage innovation in education.

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Good points, Joseph. I agree that we should be careful of equating the business world to education, though I'm eager to use business to rethink innovation in the terms you've described. What does "growth" mean within a school setting? What's the "product" we're producing?

This is a potentially *huge* question; perhaps we can break it down a bit to work on a prototype of a growth model for schools in our Ideate phase--whatever we think that would mean. For example, if we wanted to start thinking strategically (i.e., long-term vs. more tactical or day-to-day conversations that we typically have), how would we do it? Perhaps it involves a committee of some sort (including the board)? Really excited to think through this in more detail, even if (and especially if!) our ideas are wild and crazy.

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