Tag: Leadership


Why give power away

The more power you give away – the more powerful you become. Yesterday I was talking with a special Assistant Headteacher. A former student who is working tremendously hard, within a challenging context, within a tricky leadership setup. I offered the response that the more power he gave away, the powerful he would become? And that…
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19 Oct ’18 0

I almost don’t care how teachers teach

How do we move the conversation away from how you teach, to the impact of our teaching. Hattie (2017) When preparing for our leadership planning day yesterday, I was investigating how to build on-going professional teaching conversations (as an alternative to Performance Review) that I stumbled upon John Hattie again talking up collective teacher efficacy…
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31 Aug ’18 0

Compelling Leadership – part 4

I’ve not let go of compelling leadership. I’ve not let go of my interest in developing trust in my leadership. Here is my daily reminder.   From Compelling Leadership, to Francis Frei to Radical Candor™. Radical Candor™ is the ability to Challenge Directly and show you Care Personally at the same time. Radical Candor will help you and all the people…
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10 Jun ’18 0

Oxytocin – trust chemical

The good news – experiments around the world have shown that humans are naturally inclined to trust others. The bad news, they don’t always. Back to the good news – neuroscience tells us that the amount of oxytocin we produce, predicts how trustworthy we are of others. Not only that, oxytocin increases a person’s empathy, a…
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12 May ’18 0

Trust – CoT Book Review published

Today I received notice that a book review I wrote for The Chartered College of Teaching is now published. It is a refreshed and improve version of a post I wrote back in September – now with added hindsight. Six months on, when I started writing the post, our school (my leadership) was just beginning…
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28 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