"Oh the vision-thing" This response was from George Bush Snr when it was suggested he needed a less short-term political approach to his tenure as President. A great vision stirs my emotion, compels me to act and keeps me going. A great vision inspires innovation and creativity, it makes me try new things, take risks and dream big. I [...]
The school is a very unique context. Just about all of us have an experience of school, good and bad, and many of us are happy to replicate it, supported by the dubious argument 'it didn't do me any harm'... did it? Could it have been any better for you? Don't our young people deserve [...]
'Intelligent' - an adjective. What picture or skill-sets come to mind when you hear the word? It describes a person who has a good mental capacity, one who is quick to understand and is characterised by sound thought and good judgement - all of us have this capacity (It is different from 'intellectual' - which [...]
This is one of those important practicalities of leadership - the handshake. With an election looming here in Australia, many can remember that pivotal moment of the 2004 election. The Labor leader Mark Latham's handshake almost wrestled the then PM John Howard as they passed in a corridor between radio interviews, pulling him close and staring him [...]
As a leader, what are the 'invisibles' that are evident in your people and the culture?
What are the critical skills for employability? For these workers the general preparation for work was basic knowledge: Technical skills Scientific skill Reading Writing Arithmetic What are the crucial skills needed in this workplace? Applied skills... Global literacy | Digital Literacy Culturally sensitive | Languages Creativity | Innovation Flexibility | Agility | Nimbleness People skills [...]
Vision – an overused and perhaps under-delivered concept. It is the picture of a preferred future. What would a vision of a preferred future look like for schools in Australia? A place where students want to learn and they do A generation who are lifelong learners A curriculum that engages and inspires A place where [...]
Sydney Centre for innovation in Learning: An overnight sensation that was five years in the making
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