The problem in education reform isn't a lack of good ideas. It's a lack of good ideas implemented with enough clarity, consistency and integrity to actually make a difference in rigorous experiments. A recent large-scale evaluation of Response to Intervention (RTI) illustrates this problem once again.
In the startup world, Eric Ries has helped push forward the notion that the goal of a startup is to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. In fact, it's my very favorite definition of a startup. As a social entrepreneur, so too is your job to learn -- not just about your organization but also about yourself as a leader.
In preparing for a group mentoring session recently, I found myself reflecting on examples from my career that I could share with the group about courage. We had been discussing the importance of demonstrating leadership before you are given a title or responsibilities beyond the scope of what might be found in your job description.