Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh is blogging on collaboration at the moment and his words - and the discussions they're catalysing - are well worth a read. I don't intend to cover all the ground he is treading but I would like to pick up on one topic around which we exchanged comments: competition, collaboration and leadership. I want to raise it here because I think it brings to light a healthy debate about the role of competition and leadership in education. As an aside, it is also a great example of how to develop one's thinking using a blog. Ewan cites Morten Hansen's book Collaboration (check out Morten's new book ‘Great by Choice' as well) and discusses one of the six ways (that Morten lists in his book) in which collaboration may fail, that is collaborating in a hostile environment. Ewan writes that schools exhibit many of the characteristics of the hostile environment and that this may explain why we see relatively little collaboration between schools and even less between teachers within schools. I pick up on his comments (using different colours to make it easier to follow): Excerpt from blog by Ewan McIntosh: "Sony was a company that took pride in its decentralised specialist divisions, divisions whose pride led to them competing against each other. When five divisions were asked to collaborate to create a new music behemoth, Sony Connect, the result was disastrous.


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