Filling in the gaps

This week my commute was been filled with two leadership podcasts (and the Tes Podagogy podcast with Dylan Wiliams). Two podcasts from two nonagenarian leaders with a combined 183 years life experience, over at Finding Mastery. Both John Nordstrom and Dr Albert Bandura were as sharp as a tack and …

It’s your school

Commuting is my time (apart from a handful of scheduled phone calls), predominantly podcasts, occasionally an audiobook. This week my commute has been filled with “It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy,” a loan from one of our Trustees. First published in 2006.  Captain Abrashoff …

Teams – Project Aristotle

Leadership literature is littered with models, lists and quick fixes. I understand that we, the consumers/leaders, seek assurances to guide our own practice however distilling leadership in this manner seem wholly inadequate to me. That said, this morning, I followed a signpost to Project Aristotle, Google’s investigation to codify organisational team …

Making the leap (part 1)

Are you considering making the leap? Maybe you’re applying for headship roles, or have already secured one and are wondering how best to manage the transition. The blurb for Dr Jill Berry’s leadership transition book “Making the Leap – Moving from Deputy to Head.” Edging towards the final pages, I …

Influence more powerful than authority

Influence is not authority. Authority is not leadership. Leadership does not guarantee influence. Though we often use these terms interchangeably, I am confident they are separate entities. These reflections were prompted by three unrelated, serendipitous “nudges” this week and knowledge of that Obama cleaner-fist-bump photograph. A social media post that demonstrated the …

Summer read #1

Distributed Leadership in Schools – A Practical Guide for Learning and Improvement – John A. DeFlaminis, Mustafa Abdul-Jabbar and Eric Yoak was the first summer read. Billed as a guide to the best practices and lessons learned in designing and implementing distributed leadership to effectively address challenges in schools. It was an interesting mix of …