Category: Leadership

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Short termism

Twice this week I have spoken about the short termism in education and personal leadership development. How education is time-pressured and as a result we water the crown and not the roots. In both conversations, I have referred to the leaky boat dilemma. So here it is. When the boat is taking on water, bailing…
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11 Feb ’19 0

Psychological Safety

Amy Edmondson, Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth has spent her career trying to answer that question. What she’s learned is that organisations that prioritize psychological safety do it best. This is a relatively short Curious Minds podcast…
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7 Feb ’19 2

I was wrong about Coaching (Part 7/7)

Opening yourself up to being Coached In the summer, following a commitment to work with the Education Support Partnership, I was offered Coaching in recognition for advocating for the charity. I was unsure, I paused for thought. Yes, I know I write publically and I am naturally sociable, however I am quite guarded personally. I…
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3 Feb ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (Part 6/7)

Untrained Coaching As a new Head Teacher, I read Jill Berry’s excellent book Making the Leap after I was appointed. It is much better before. There were competing priorities and I present then in no particular order purposefully: Building, organisational structure, transient and temporary staffing, safeguarding, identity and communications. I made mistakes. Some I was…
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2 Feb ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (part 5/7)

Coaching – a missed opportunity I joined The Wellington Academy in January 2013. Having joined thinking I was going to be the junior of three VPs, by the time I arrived I was the only VP and there were two Assistant Head teachers of sorts. The organisation ‘game’ was complex and it involved our sponsor,…
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31 Jan ’19 0

I was wrong about Coaching (Part 4/7)

Coaching and Mentoring– might be for me At the introduction of the NPQML I was adamant that Coaching and Mentoring had to be defined, polarised, or one of the terms was not needed. In reflection, this clearly showed a lack of understanding and receptiveness to new ideas, at that time, on my part. It is…
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31 Jan ’19 0