things I notice in schools

04 Jun 2016

The Essentials

‘You can do anything, but not everything.’ David Allen

Schools are complex places. We can find ourselves too stretched to think, overworked and under-utilised, busy but not productive. So it is worth considering the ideas within Essentialism[1]. Developed by Greg McKeown,  he makes the case for the disciplined pursuit of less and for doing fewer things, really well. This is the basic proposition: ‘when we give ourselves permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, we can make our highest contribution towards the things that really matter.’

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03 Jun 2016

On Trust

‘The glue that holds all relationships together - including the relationship between the leader and the led - is trust, and trust is based on integrity.’ Brian Tracy

There’s a ton of tripe talked about trust. Trust is one of the most abused words in leadership. It’s assumed to be important but it’s more often talked about rather than acted on. There’s an expectation that it will be there in any organisation, but rarely is the hard work to make it happen analysed or discussed. The bottom line is this - it has to be earned. And to begin with, the traffic is one way. Thoughtful leaders realise it is no use bemoaning that their colleagues and those who report to them don't trust them, unless they themselves have done the work first.

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19 Feb 2016

Everyone has a voice

‘One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.’ Bryant H McGill

One of our greatest needs in life is to have our voices heard. It touches the deepest part of our being when we have the right to speak and be heard. This level of hearing is an affirmation of our true worth. Thoughtful leaders recognise this. And they make sure that there is the time and space for this to happen. Yes, even in frantic schedules. They know the power that comes from making sure that the ideas, opinions and thoughts of everyone at every level in their organisation are valued and air.

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16 Feb 2016

On Gratitude

‘At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.’ Albert Schweitzer

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15 Feb 2016

Humans first, professionals second

Humans first, professionals second

‘When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems.’ Stephen Covey

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