It’s a scenario with which all Deputy Principals or school leads are familiar. A situation comes to your attention regarding a complaint and it lands on your desk for action. It may have passed through other layers of the school — but it’s now your responsibility to have what we might call a ‘courageous conversation’. […]Read More Having a courageous conversation
Have you ever tracked each moment of your day? From the 6am start to the 6.30am check of emails. Teacher relief organised by 7.00. A check-in chat with a colleague before lead team meeting at 8.15 and all staff briefing at 8.30. By the time most office workers are cranking up their laptops, most DPS […]Read More Workhorses of education | An article for DPs and APs
After twelve years as a consultant, facilitator, project leader, director…., I am going back to school. At a time when it is common to hear of educators leaving the profession or moving out of school into other kinds of roles and careers, I’m heading upstream, back the other way. I’m excited to have been appointed to […]Read More Moving on …
Do you remember the actor/director John Cusack? He of ‘High Fidelity’ and ‘Being John Malkovich’ fame? I recently heard about ‘The John Cusack Rule’. When asked in an interview how he saw his role as film producer, he said his main job was, ”To keep the set free from fear.” This ‘rule’ was offered to […]Read More Keep the fear off the set
This post is a summary of resources that I am referring to as part of a virtual Emerging e-Leaders’ session today. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy Point 1: He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! It is the people. We talk a lot about ‘managing change’, ‘change management’, ‘change leadership’. It […]Read More Change management is people
My last post, ‘I Facebook therefore I..’, asked whether you have to be social to do social media. It prompted a number of interesting responses – and got me thinking about whether we are moving towards a default position of ‘be social or die’. We are surrounded by media that rarely profiles the beauty of […]Read More If I want to be alone, will you think I’m weird?