Category: Leadership

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Hard Lessons

On Friday I learnt two very hard leadership lessons, at the same time, in the space of a 10 minute conversation and one note to self-management moment. One I have tried to address as honestly as I can at this point, the second is just a feature of leadership I will just have to deal…
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16 Oct ’10 0

Coffee Sense

I think the leadership style I have is that I’ve never put myself above anyone else, and I’ve never asked more of anyone than I was willing to do myself. Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and CEO of Starbucks.


16 Oct ’10 0

Where is ‘There.’

At the entrance to the school reception was a bold red background upon which the schools name was proudly presented. We had arrived at Redbridge Community School. We were met by the Headteacher, Lindy Barclay, and joined in her office by Richard Scofield for an informal welcome. Dan O’Farrell and I where given the opportunity…
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8 Oct ’10 0

The New Leaders

To give the book its full title ‘The New Leaders – Transforming the art of leadership into the science of results’ is rather grand and contribute little. I ordered the book after stumbling upon Daniel Goleman’s research here and there and I found these summaries very readable and interesting. Sadly, although Emotional Intelligence (EI) is an interesting topic for commentary…
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1 Oct ’10 0

Fierce in Action: Part 2

In my opinion, ‘Fierce Leadership’ was less applicable to an educational setting than ‘Fierce Conversations’ and towards the end I found myself scanning pages rather than reading them. Where I did find valuable content, I would hone in and back track if required and quite often it was. The organisational structures reviewed in ‘Fierce Leadership’…
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26 Sep ’10 0

Lessons for Leaders 101

What do you get, when you don’t get what you want. Experience. This week I witnessed how unforgiving leadership can be. A colleague sharing a wholeschool agenda, with positive staff ‘buy-in,’ working to the benefit of almost all teaching staff almost lost everything on a technicality. Delivering at a staff briefing update he outlined an…
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26 Sep ’10 0