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The Biggest Bluff

  What are your thought processes for making decisions? How do you view risk and probabilities of success? Are you able to separate a good or bad outcome from solid or weak decision making? If you are successful, is it a result of luck or skill? What is within your control and what isn’t? How […]

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  There was a time when we offered 46 lessons per year, sometimes 47. We were much smaller then, with only two fulltime teachers. We would meet once a month after lessons finished on Saturday for an all-staff meeting, a portion of which was used for watching and discussing a video of a teacher’s lesson. […]

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The second unquantifiable business decision we’ve made at MY has drawn even sharper reactions than closing enrollments (https://ltprofessionals.com/unquantifiable-business-decisions-limited-enrollment-period): no campaign promotions. This strategy can elicit such strong reactions that once I even got kicked off a Facebook group for school owners after proposing it, being told that I was making the suggestion only as an […]

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I found that some of the most heated debates I have had with other school owners—in a good way—revolve around what I would describe as unquantifiable business decisions.   I would define unquantifiable business decisions as those that are believed to make a difference but are difficult to gather specific, quantifiable, and testable data on […]

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With rental discrimination being legal, renting school locations and teacher apartments can be difficult for ‘gaijin’ (foreign) school owners in Japan. I’ll write about three of my experiences and what I learned from them.     Experience 1 – Soon after taking over MY English School in 2008, we were looking for an apartment for […]

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What will be the future of English conversation schools in Japan? This is not a new question. I made a bet with another school owner back in 2014 about whether or not children would still be learning English in ten years, due to the developments in machine translation. (I look forward to my Guinness in […]

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I try to make it a habit to read at least a little each day.  One reason I love my Kindle is that I can have it with me and at any free moment open up one of the currently 296 books saved inside.  We don’t ride trains up here in Yamagata very often, but […]

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  Just like everyone else, my school has been trying to navigate the COVID situation as best as we can.  Enough time has passed since the crisis began that I think I can write about what we’ve done and the response it has received.   From the beginning of the crisis we made some assumptions […]

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    With the current coronavirus crisis and all that school owners have been writing about it on Facebook and other media, I’ve decided not to write about it here.  All that we as school owners are learning from each other, however, reminded me of a post I had meant to write in late January, […]

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The typhoon in October was big, no question.  Many people died and many others were missing.  There is a good reason the news was as vocal as it was about how dangerous the storm might be and to be ready.   This left many school owners in a difficult situation.  For us, we have a […]

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