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Shanghai

Quite frankly, we’re exhausted with all that hard work going through systems. So, we’re taking a break this week, and we’re off to Shanghai to see Newcastle United. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this video, a follow-up to the interview with Tokyo Real, which...

Running a School: All Systems Are Stop

This is the end of the series of articles on systems, but it really should just be the beginning of you systemising your business. As you can see from the brief inclusion from a very small part of our operations, there is a lot to do. As a TOO, it may be possible for...

Running a School: Systems, Part 8

Your strategic objective should have indicated how you will be doing business. Let’s assume you are the foreign, native-English-speaking teacher-owner-operator (TOO) of the aforementioned English school, teaching general English and test prep to adults and children....

Running a School: Systems, Part 7

You now have your organisation chart and strategic objectives. You should know what business you’re in, what your company will look like when it’s finished, what your product it is (and it ISN’T English lessons), who your customer is and you should know how much money...

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...

Running a School: Systems, Part 5

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,...

Running a School: Systems, Part 4

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...

Running a School: Systems, Part 3

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...

Running a School: Systems, Part 2

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...

Running a School: Systems, Part 1

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...