Chapter 15 - Just do it!

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Corporate leadership models
  In the corporate world, the models also abound:
       From Andersen Consulting's highly-impressive company university in St. Charles, Illinois, where the world's largest firm of management consultants spends more than $400 million a year on internal staff training - using the latest in multimedia, interactive case-study models.
       From Stan Shih's Acer Group and the $7 million it has contributed to set up The Acer Foundation.
       From the United Kingdom's biggest company, British Telecommunications, which is mounting a five-year, nine-figure millennium project to involve Britain's 60 million population to communicate better.
       And from Apple Computers, which has pioneered one of the longest partnerships between the corporate and school worlds.
  Its Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) project has been running in America since 1985. Some of the results have been spectacular.4
   West High School in Columbus, Ohio, is the original ACOT model. It operates as a school within a school. It caters each year to 120 of the school's 1,200 students. Of the total school roll, only 15 percent of students have gone on to college. Of those attending ACOT: 90 percent.
  Students at Bell High School in south-western Los Angeles County - a high poverty area - have won more than 100 awards for producing their own videos as key components of their multimedia ACOT program.
  Lincoln High School in San Jose, California, has worked in closely with a local television station and the police department to pioneer digital photography. Its students have even collaborated with NASA scientists to produce an interactive educational CD-ROM about the effects of space on the heart.
  But despite these great examples, America - the richest nation on earth - continues to provide the greatest possible contrasts: corporate leaders in informational software and hardware yet with a public school system that veers from brilliant to appalling. By contrast, companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard and Netscape are revolutionizing the entire field of instant communications. And several of them are revolutionizing their businesses into learning organizations.
  GE Chief Executive Jack Welsh is caught up in building what he calls a learning culture in a highly diversified corporation that was founded more than 100 years ago by Thomas Edison. And as Robert Slater quotes


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