Dancing as a metaphor of leadership

If you haven’t seen this, watch it.  The title kind of sums it up!


Leadership v Management

An excellent short snippet on the difference between leadership and management.  The point about having a balance is an important one.  Does your organisation have a balance between leadership and management?  Do you?  How do you know?

3 things leadership is not!


This is an excellent article on what leadership is not.  I know that sounds a bit strange, but sometimes it is easier to wear the ‘black hat’ to frame your thinking.  This article by Dianna Booher reminds us that leadership is not about position or power or pride – in fact it really is quite the opposite.  Think about leaders you respect and also those you don’t.  I have a feeling that those words, the 3 P’s will often sum up the deficit in leaders rather than the strength.  Does it?

Who can be a leader?

As Drew says…….anyone.  Although Hattie always talks about ‘Know thy Impact’ (to be fair he is talking about improving learning!) sometimes you don’t.  Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference.  Perhaps even most of the time.

I think Drew has hit the nail on the head.  We can all be leaders.  Everyday.



Teach listening as a skill?

Having just moved house next to a busier road I can really relate to this video!  I like the idea of moments of silence, not just to improve our listening but also as a form of meditation, of calmness and peacefulness.

Active listening summed up nicely – Receive, Appreciate, Summarise, Ask.

Worth a go?  In your class?  With your leaders?  With yourself?


Giving Praise: Intelligence v Process


If I’m honest I don’t think that Carol Dweck has the most engaging voice but the content is spot on.  How do you praise students in your class?  What about your staff?  Do you praise them for their intellect, how smart they are, or how much effort they put in?

I love the NYET comment towards the end of the video – what a clever idea (sort of goes with the Relationships video posted earlier).

Simon Sinek – Golden Circle

Again, not a new vid (from 2009) but one that, at the time, made me really think about the why.  Simon repeats several times ‘people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it’.

Why is this relevant in education?  How often do we explore the why?  How effectively could your staff articulate why they do what they do?  It sounds so simple and yet so vital.

Do we do this enough, when launching new projects/initiatives/the next silver bullet in education?

Vision and Mission statements can be found in every school, perhaps even most organisations.  Does your staff know them?  Do them buy into them? How do you know they do?

Those with children will be able to relate to the constant ‘why-ing ‘ of toddlers.  But do we do it enough as adults?  And of course my final question….why not?