This paper is about extraordinary performance in organizations. Our specific focus is unusual. We examine a context with which many readers are deeply familiar, the public school classroom. We consider the work of highly effective teachers and generate a framework of hypotheses about how they get extraordinary results. These hypotheses may contrast with the reader’s assumptions of what a public school teacher does. The framework may therefore provoke insights about how to create and lead high performing organizations in other contexts.
We thank the teachers who were so generous in sharing their stories with us. They are on the front line – working to make a positive difference in the lives of children every single day. They are an inspiration to us. We thank BFK and the Ross School of Business for financial support of this research. This chapter is part of a larger research effort that is published in a forthcoming book entitled The Best Teacher in You: How to Accelerate Learning and Change Lives.
Quinn, R.E., Heynoski, K., Thomas, M. and Spreitzer, G. (2014), "Co-Creating the Classroom Experience to Transform Learning and Change Lives", Research in Organizational Change and Development (Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 25-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620140000022000
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