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SMART Goals
2017-02-01

SMART GOALS

 

Every year the majority of people set their New Year Resolution goals.  They may be physical or mental goals related to your body and mind, or they maybe academic or business goals. Whatever they are, setting them is the easy part!  The hard part is achieving them.  It requires a physical and mental sustained effort to push through on your goals, and there within lies the problem. Within a month or two of making our resolution, normal everyday life has kicked back in and we are starting to lose focus. The other problem is that many of us make a broad statement resolution, for example: - I want to lose 10 kg of body weight or I will open an English school.  The chances of achieving these are very low.

 

One method of increasing your chances is by designing SMART goals.  SMART stands for: -

S = Specific

M = Measureable

A = Achievable

R = Relevant

T = Time sensitive

 

Watch this short “One-Minute SMART goal video tip “

 

In our Educational industry an example of a SMART goal could be something similar to this: -

 

Specific

I intend to open an English school strategically positioned to focus on kids.  It will be located in a new build area with a population of 800 elementary school age kids. The competition is a Kumon school and an ECC homeroom school with Japanese teachers. I will only employ native English speaker teachers.

 

Measureable

It’s measurable because I aim to recruit a minimum of  XX students from trial lessons upon opening and increase to XXX amount of students by the end of the first academic year. I can make similar projections about turnover and profit.

 

Achievable

It’s achievable because I have sourced the rental or buy building. I have costed out the project and between savings and provisionally agreed bank loans I have enough start up capital.  I have a strong network ( peer group ) within our industry and am in a relationship with someone who is fully supportive of this project.

 

Relevant

It’s relevant because it’s taking me into an area of business that I am interested in and see as being my future. In addition to being a qualified English teacher I have some basic business acumen and a strong peer support network.

 

Time sensitive

Its time sensitive because I have mapped out a first year time schedule by which I can check if I am hitting my goals on time.

 

The above resolution or SMART goal is by no means exhaustive, nor is it meant to be.  It's the kind of resolution that can be discussed and agreed over a beer on New Years Eve, and with this framework its chances of success will be greatly increased.

 

Good luck – gambatte !

Do you have a school or a business ?
2016-09-20

Do you have a school or a business?

By Ian Simpson

 

This is the question many school owners ask themselves at one point or another. It’s also a necessary question to ask yourself before opening a school. In short, the answer is both.

 

Recently on www.tokyoreal.tv I had the privilege of interviewing LTP President and founder of David English House, David Paul.

 

“ This is what I learned from David Paul “

 

Watch the full interview on this link, click here.  Go to the You Tube “ Description Box “ to get detailed “time markers” of our conversation.
 

 

 

Before I get into my discussion with David, let me first lay out the stall for what scenario any new school owner faces. Most people fall into one of three categories of skill set: -

 

  1. Technician – The person who loves doing the technical side of their job so much, like teaching, that they think what a wonderful idea it would be to open a school!
  2. The Manager – The person who is more comfortable in the office, writing lesson plans, curriculums, creating schedules, filing documents and organizing things! An addition to this is the person who is a good “people manager” ( or, not !!)
  3. The Entrepreneur – This is the person with the company vision, the next great idea and the drive and enthusiasm to ignite the business. 

What category do you fall into? Most school owners start as one of the three. Having only one of these skills presents problems, most of which you can probably guess, so I will leave these details for another blog. Suffice to say, a successful school owner should strive to have an equal weighting in all three skill sets, or at least be aware that all three are required and appoint the right staff to the right positions.

 

In my interview with David Paul, we discussed at length this dilemma, and the effect it had on the David English House business. David has a very strong opinion that education must come first. He also acknowledges however, that the business side of things is also important and cannot be ignored.

 

David English House was tremendously successful and had a massive impact on the early days of English education in Japan and Asia, but it was David’s decision to put education and people management in front of business that ultimately lead to the fall of David English House. To this day, the influence of David English house can still be seen in the English school education community in Japan. Nowadays however, with LTP and ETJ, David has successfully found the balance between education and business.

 

To listen to David’s opinions on this topic and many more, please go to the link above and watch this fascinating interview.

 

I would love to hear your opinions on the question: -

“ Do you have a school or a business? “

 

All constructive feedback is welcome.

 

Do you have a school or a business ?
2016-09-20

Do you have a school or a business?

By Ian Simpson

 

This is the question many school owners ask themselves at one point or another. It’s also a necessary question to ask yourself before opening a school. In short, the answer is both.

 

Recently on www.tokyoreal.tv I had the privilege of interviewing LTP President and founder of David English House, David Paul.

 

“ This is what I learned from David Paul “

 

Watch the full interview on this link, click here.  Go to the You Tube “ Description Box “ to get detailed “time markers” of our conversation.
 

 

 

Before I get into my discussion with David, let me first lay out the stall for what scenario any new school owner faces. Most people fall into one of three categories of skill set: -

 

  1. Technician – The person who loves doing the technical side of their job so much, like teaching, that they think what a wonderful idea it would be to open a school!
  2. The Manager – The person who is more comfortable in the office, writing lesson plans, curriculums, creating schedules, filing documents and organizing things! An addition to this is the person who is a good “people manager” ( or, not !!)
  3. The Entrepreneur – This is the person with the company vision, the next great idea and the drive and enthusiasm to ignite the business. 

What category do you fall into? Most school owners start as one of the three. Having only one of these skills presents problems, most of which you can probably guess, so I will leave these details for another blog. Suffice to say, a successful school owner should strive to have an equal weighting in all three skill sets, or at least be aware that all three are required and appoint the right staff to the right positions.

 

In my interview with David Paul, we discussed at length this dilemma, and the effect it had on the David English House business. David has a very strong opinion that education must come first. He also acknowledges however, that the business side of things is also important and cannot be ignored.

 

David English House was tremendously successful and had a massive impact on the early days of English education in Japan and Asia, but it was David’s decision to put education and people management in front of business that ultimately lead to the fall of David English House. To this day, the influence of David English house can still be seen in the English school education community in Japan. Nowadays however, with LTP and ETJ, David has successfully found the balance between education and business.

 

To listen to David’s opinions on this topic and many more, please go to the link above and watch this fascinating interview.

 

I would love to hear your opinions on the question: -

“ Do you have a school or a business? “

 

All constructive feedback is welcome.

 

Do you have a school or a business ?
2016-09-20

Do you have a school or a business?

By Ian Simpson

 

This is the question many school owners ask themselves at one point or another. It’s also a necessary question to ask yourself before opening a school. In short, the answer is both.

 

Recently on www.tokyoreal.tv I had the privilege of interviewing LTP President and founder of David English House, David Paul.

 

“ This is what I learned from David Paul “

 

Watch the full interview on this link, click here.  Go to the You Tube “ Description Box “ to get detailed “time markers” of our conversation.
 

 

 

Before I get into my discussion with David, let me first lay out the stall for what scenario any new school owner faces. Most people fall into one of three categories of skill set: -

 

  1. Technician – The person who loves doing the technical side of their job so much, like teaching, that they think what a wonderful idea it would be to open a school!
  2. The Manager – The person who is more comfortable in the office, writing lesson plans, curriculums, creating schedules, filing documents and organizing things! An addition to this is the person who is a good “people manager” ( or, not !!)
  3. The Entrepreneur – This is the person with the company vision, the next great idea and the drive and enthusiasm to ignite the business. 

What category do you fall into? Most school owners start as one of the three. Having only one of these skills presents problems, most of which you can probably guess, so I will leave these details for another blog. Suffice to say, a successful school owner should strive to have an equal weighting in all three skill sets, or at least be aware that all three are required and appoint the right staff to the right positions.

 

In my interview with David Paul, we discussed at length this dilemma, and the effect it had on the David English House business. David has a very strong opinion that education must come first. He also acknowledges however, that the business side of things is also important and cannot be ignored.

 

David English House was tremendously successful and had a massive impact on the early days of English education in Japan and Asia, but it was David’s decision to put education and people management in front of business that ultimately lead to the fall of David English House. To this day, the influence of David English house can still be seen in the English school education community in Japan. Nowadays however, with LTP and ETJ, David has successfully found the balance between education and business.

 

To listen to David’s opinions on this topic and many more, please go to the link above and watch this fascinating interview.

 

I would love to hear your opinions on the question: -

“ Do you have a school or a business? “

 

All constructive feedback is welcome.

 



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