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Running a School: Systems, Part 6

Your business is not your product. Your business is the business itself. You do not, should not or will not work in your business.   You own the business.   You are the shareholders.   You may be the single shareholder, owning all the shares.   Even if you are not an officially-registered company, you […]

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The thinking, writing and rewriting that went into your mission, vision and values statement should have helped clarify where you are now and what you want to do with your work.   It’s also very important to think about your personal life. What you want your daily, weekly and yearly routine to look like. Your […]

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  We’re not quite getting started on the systems just yet.   First comes your mission, vision and values statement.   This may well be one of the hardest things you’ve done. I certainly found it very difficult.   A few years ago we restructured to form a parent company which sits on top of […]

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As discussed previously, the only way to expand is to step out of your business and systemise it.   Please note, for those running schools, we will assume you have a great curriculum and qualified, experienced, happy, well-recruited and trained teachers enrolled in a professional development course.   You have to realise you are not […]

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As mentioned last time, it is essential to be able to step outside of your business. This is very difficult to do while still doing every single job in it.   We’ve also previously discussed what business you are actually in.   You may be running an English school. You may be selling crêpes. Either […]

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In recent posts while away on holiday or business, I hinted at having a business that worked for me while I’m not there.   To do this, you need systems in place.   At a recent school owners’ conference here in Japan, a small, self-employed, teacher-owner-operator recently said to me: “I hear you like systems.” […]

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We’re enjoying an extended holiday here, until May 12th.    This is very important. It’s best to spend your precious time doing what you want, not what other people want, making your own rules, your own plans and your own schedule.   The trick is turning some time you spent in the past, doing things […]

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While English may be the world’s lingua franca, it’s a lingua franca more often spoken by non-native speaker to non-native speaker.   There are more English language learners in China than there are native speakers of English in the whole world (400 million to 360 million, according to some estimates). Other figures say English is […]

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I meet hundreds of school owners each year here in Japan. There seems to be an overwhelming concern with the teaching of English to children.   I’ve been collecting data on my schools for over 20 years.   As I showed at a recent conference, the highest performing students in all those years, in terms […]

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The reasons you think students come to your school may not be the same as why they actually do. It is likely, as previously stated, that the drive is not economic, but rather social, cultural or artistic.   Very little data is available on the private language school market here in Japan. The below is […]

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