What does it really mean to have a culture of leadership at your school? It’s just like yoghurt.

Culture is the result of the fermentation process that gives yoghurt its unique texture and flavour. We can’t actually identify this elusive element called ‘culture’, it is just  there, otherwise it wouldn’t be yoghurt. The added fruit or flavourings may enhance, but they aren’t what make it yoghurt. In the same way, a culture of leadershipContinue reading “What does it really mean to have a culture of leadership at your school? It’s just like yoghurt.”

Innovative leadership in 3 simple steps: Know, Show & Let Go

Is our DNA evident across all we do?  Along with another colleague on the senior leadership team, I am responsible for ensuring that leadership and innovation are embedded deeply and are part of the DNA of the school. These two elements are essential to our identity. What is DNA? From a scientific perspective it isContinue reading “Innovative leadership in 3 simple steps: Know, Show & Let Go”

We live by different rules. One woman’s attempt at navigating them (um, that would be me)

An interesting Twitter exchange developed. I made an unusual comment, as I don’t normally jump into the political discourse. Our female Prime Minister announced the date of the election, with an unprecedented eight month lead in. I tweeted: “in the 2010 election the PM wore pearls (credibility) and is wearing glasses (this time I meanContinue reading “We live by different rules. One woman’s attempt at navigating them (um, that would be me)”

What one thing is essential in a great school? Answer: High quality relationships (Just takes a bit of gardening)

Peter Drucker, management guru made a great statement: Culture eats strategy for breakfast We can have all the best plans and ideas in the world, but unless the culture of your school is in the right place, nothing is going to work for the long term. So what is at the heart of culture? PeopleContinue reading “What one thing is essential in a great school? Answer: High quality relationships (Just takes a bit of gardening)”

Libraries for today and tomorrow: How is yours RELATIONAL, AUTHENTIC, FUTURE-FOCUSED, PERSONALISED, CREATIVE?

How does a school ensure that it is significantly resourced to provide for the learning and research needs of students, yet maintaining the relevance of the library? Learning communities need to have: The ‘place’ that fulfils the need for communal work, learning, connection and play Accessibility to resources Personnel to manage the collection A realisticContinue reading “Libraries for today and tomorrow: How is yours RELATIONAL, AUTHENTIC, FUTURE-FOCUSED, PERSONALISED, CREATIVE?”

Great teams and great team leaders increase profit, however you might define it.

The language and terminology used in for-profit companies and not-for-profits organisations is often quite different. We don’t usually think about the term ‘profit’, yet there is a ‘gain’ in the non-profit sector, but it is measured against different criteria. Using the concept of the service-profit chain, this post translates the ideas so that excellent leadership,Continue reading “Great teams and great team leaders increase profit, however you might define it.”

Is collaboration part of your working and learning DNA? Get people working together. See the culture change

Who would have thought this would work… I’m going to segment Star Wars into 15 sec parts Ask the world to recreate the scenes with their own creative flair. Then put it back together as a movie. That is what Casey Pugh did in 2009 because he wanted to use the internet as a toolContinue reading “Is collaboration part of your working and learning DNA? Get people working together. See the culture change”

Innovative workplaces influencing learning spaces, or is it the other way around? #chickenoregg

What does this make you think of: It’s about choice Get better engagement Freedom of how to work, where to work and when to work Empowering Recognises the spectrum of work styles Different activities requiring varying levels of concentration or collaboration Technology is crucial Improves team collaboration and reduces individual competitiveness All of these phrasesContinue reading “Innovative workplaces influencing learning spaces, or is it the other way around? #chickenoregg”

Would you still want to be a leader if you didn’t have a title?

Browsing my Twitter feed the other day this question leaped out: What if leadership wasn’t a promotion Leadership happens everyday in every sector, with and without designated roles and titles. As we sail headlong into the 21st century it is timely to reconsider the requirements for leadership today, in a work context characterised by projects, rather thanContinue reading “Would you still want to be a leader if you didn’t have a title?”

Nokia, Ikea & Pickled Herrings: Learning from Scandinavia #CEFPI #SCIL (Part 2)

I presented a talk at the CEFPI NSW seminar that reflected on what we can learn from Scandinavia. It is an amalgam of my trips there over the last couple of years, to see what ideas, philosophies, learning spaces and systems that are in use and are successfully engaging students in their learning.  (There isContinue reading “Nokia, Ikea & Pickled Herrings: Learning from Scandinavia #CEFPI #SCIL (Part 2)”