Category: Leadership

BELONG - RESPECT - ASPIRE - ACHIEVE

Retention and recruitment – performance review

Teaching is messy, complex, creative. More a la carte, than fast food. I take the stance that vast majority of teachers have made a personal and decisive decision to be educators. Anecdotally, often because of the wonderful teachers they encountered. Occasionally in spite of their teachers. Because they themselves were successful at the game of…
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8 Apr ’18 0

Listen – carefully

Leaders who do not listen, will eventually be surrounded by people with nothing to say. – Andy Stanley Social media flashes up interesting snippets here and there, like the quote above. Given my thinking around communication, it is worthwhile reminding oneself that convening conversations request one to listen, carefully. A quick search for Andy Stanley…
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1 Apr ’18 0

The only constant maybe change

At the macro level, education is in a perpetual cycle of change. Policy, accountability and curriculum frameworks have school in a spin. Schools themselves (or groups of school) evolve, priorities are reshaped or reformed and the same could be said about school buildings and grounds. Staff are transitory. As a school leader, I was raised…
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31 Mar ’18 0

Show your listening

Learning on the move reflected on how I used my commute and shared some of my favourite podcasts. This week the RSA delivered another fantastic hour of learning, this time with Daniel Coyle – The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups. Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author. I first bumped into Coyle when I read “Lance…
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12 Mar ’18 0

Learning on the move

Learning, developing, refining, broadening my horizons, “staying current” is important to me. Time is precious, a finite resources and if I have learnt anything in my first two years of Headship, it is, how and with whom you choose to invest your time. The only other opportunity is to create time, by empowering those around you. For…
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10 Mar ’18 0

Values, action, snow

On Tuesday evening, news of a random of kindness passed by on my timeline. A hat, scarf and label, left on post together with a note, for someone that needed it. Not only was I struck by the kindness shown in the donation, but by the way that this person was enabling someone to, in…
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2 Mar ’18 0