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2020-03-28
Newsletter 241 - School Development & Improvement Planning 2006-2009 - PART 17


ATTACHMENT 1

METRO CENTRAL EDUCATION DISTRICT
CIRCUIT 6

BOOK REVIEW
TITLE: “KNOW-HOW: The Eight Skills that Separate People Who
Perform from Those Who Don’t” by Ram Charan

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BOOK/CONTEXT
? Contemporary challenge to managers to also assume the role of leader
? Assumption - no real separation of Management & Leadership
? Ongoing discourse/conversation – management & leadership
? SA developmental state – ongoing search for an appropriate development model
? Provisions and challenge
o Current redesign of the WCED
o Education Laws Amendment Bill
o Occupational Specific Dispensation

VIEW OF THE AUTHOR
o Leadership is hard work
o It is made not born
o It requires attention to detail which is developed over many years
o It helps to have keen intelligence, boundless energy, wide range of interest and psychological maturity
o Author is wary of charismatic and superficially impressive leaders

o Eight Skills
o Know how to position the business to make money
o Connect what is happening outside of your business to what it means for the business
o Managing the social system – get people to work together more effectively
o Process of judgment, selection and development of leaders
o Mould a team of leaders
o Choose and set the right goals
o Clearly marked priorities
o Best leaders react when forces beyond their control impact on business

VIEW OF THE CTM
o Organizational Development – both similar and unique/different
o Constitution, nature, needs and context are different
o Systemic processes are similar – People, Processes, Systems
o School is not a business – it is not profit at all costs
o Business principal could apply to the Education arena
o The eight skills are very valuable, but also practical
o This book has added created new knowledge to the body of knowledge
o Knowledge may not be unique but eclectic and of practical

LESSONS TO BE LEARNT
o School principals as managers – strategic planning comes with the terrain
o Setting goals
o Realistic and appropriate goal setting (know your school & its purpose)
o Prioritize
o Action plan – route map to achieve goals
o Take team and staff along with this process – collaboration & synergy
Article by Stefan Stern in the Business Day dated 09 November 2007 page 11.