Let's take a moment to imagine what radical collaboration might look like in independent schools. Again, that's radical collaboration, not just "normal" collaboration.
Collaboration involves teams of people; we know that teams--well-designed teams--produce innovation. A radically collaborative team would:
- have leadership that changes among group members
- acquire a degree of loyalty that previously was the purview of the full organization (meaning that loyalty to team would equal, in some or most cases, loyalty to the school)
- have members who pay no heed to rank, status, or age
Think of a project you'd like to see your school undertake. Now consider how a radically collaborative team might tackle that project.
Next, imagine who, of your existing colleagues (faculty, staff, or administration), could join that team right now. Is your list long? Great! Is your list short, or empty? Consider how the school might need to reconfigure its employee base in order to acquire such team players. Where would you begin, and how?