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Does the underlined "algorithmic" here equals "logic"?
And does "anything but" means "not at all"?
Transformation typically demands sustained leadership over many years, and is anything but smooth and algorithmic.
(See Chapter 4 "Leadership for 21st century learning in Singapore's high-performing schools" of a report titled "Leadership for 21st century learning" published by OECD in 2013. )
(Here is the link: http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/leadership-for-21st-century-learning_9789264205406-en#page112)
To my mind, by saying that this kind of transformation is not algorithmic, the author suggests that it doesn't look like an algorithm; in other words, there is no unique recipe or predefined set of steps which will make the success of that transformation sure.
Not a teacher.