What exactly is a ‘Middle Leader’?
AUGUST 24, 2016
In professional services, particularly those perceived to be high value, the performance of staff continues to grow beyond the initial learning of their craft. A strategy consulting firm I am familiar with stimulates its new hires to learn their craft in four years, doubling starting salaries in that time-frame (a good proxy for productivity in firms exposed to market forces).
Reflections on Teacher Performance
AUGUST 17, 2016
I was reminded the other day how I became interested in the education sector, back in May 2001. I had the opportunity to interview a number of teachers in a local high school. One of the teachers stood out. She was sixty and about to retire and when you saw her around the school she always had a gaggle of children around her – she clearly loved teaching and the children loved being around her.
You can no longer compare Teachers to Doctors
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
When I first started interviewing teachers extensively, fifteen years ago now, a common comparison that teachers themselves made was between teachers and doctors, they had the view that both were in occupations with similar characteristics and, particularly, they had had the same status and similar earning to doctors in the past but that over the previous several decades teachers’ status and relative earnings had both declined.