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The Nova Educação Festival, promoted by the Eleva Teaching Platform, on 03/09/2020, brought up many themes and knowledge trails.
Jorge Paulo Lemann, a businessman and a major investor in the areas of technology and education, shared his view on the moments of crisis and the position of the leadership in those moments, in an interview with Duda Falcão, CoCeo of Escola Eleva. Stay on top of the entire lecture in this article!
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School leadership and management in the post-COVID-19 scenario
Duda Falcão, CoCeo of Escola Eleva, begins his speech by recalling the moment when schools across the country were forced to close their doors and quickly migrate to digital.
According to her, the task was not an easy one, mainly because it involved the whole community, including students, family, faculty and service providers. And he also points out that the return to classroom teaching, even if hybrid, will involve even more care, not only with learning, but with the physical and emotional health of everyone.
Jorge Paulo Lemman says that the new modes and models of education will not be easy, but that, in comparison with the countries that have dealt better with the crises generated by COVID-19, schools that adopt clearer and more rigid security protocols, are the ones that will achieve greater operational success.
The space for innovation in the midst of the crisis
Whether in the development of new ways to keep students attentive to classes or in the help offered to students with learning difficulties, in the new dynamic of meeting with those responsible, the need for innovation in the daily life of Brazilian schools became clear.
When asked how to maintain operational and academic excellence when returning to face-to-face classes and still manage to balance the space for innovation within the school, Lemann replies: “In general, for companies and schools that are successful, change can be more difficult. When things go well, we usually become more resistant to innovation. ”
And he adds, using the example of the Amazon company, “Amazon, as a large company, only grows more and more because it is open to innovation. They have test groups with few users in order to test certain hypotheses. If that doesn’t work for the small group, they discard it ”.
Opportunities generated by crises
When asked by Duda whether crises are really capable of generating opportunities, the entrepreneur talks about the two sides of these opportunities: the opportunity for new business, products or ways of doing things, and the opportunity for learning.
He then talks about the crises he faced during his long career and points out that the crisis generated by the new coronavirus is different from the others, because it involves health and a scenario that we would hardly be able to predict.
Despite this, he believes in the power of what we have learned over these months of constant change.
The importance of teams
At the end of the interview, Lemann makes a point of stressing the need to form diverse teams, with different skills, working together to solve problems.
He also jokes, saying that the key to success is to walk together with employees who are more competent than him in various functions.
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