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What is ‘Busy and Important’ leadership?

As a consultant, I work in a range of organisations and observe a plethora of leaders in action … or is it action? One day a person in the project team I was recently working with asked me, ‘What do you think of leadership in this place?’ The question made me reflect on Ernest Hemingway’s statement, ‘Never confuse movement with […]

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Timing and Light … It’s leading the way!

Upon reflection, awesome is a word I use way too much. A recent visit to Arizona enabled me to truly experience awesome as a palpable phenomenon as the Grand Canyon swept before us. A few days earlier a trip to the Lowell Observatory exposed me to the awesomeness of human endeavour and engineering. These visits prompted me to revisit two […]

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What’s user testing?

Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Inspiring Insights | Comments Off on What’s user testing?

User testing is a vital part of designing and delivering E-learning but I’m often asked, ‘What’s user testing?’ Instead of answering that question, I often start with what it’s not. What is NOT user testing? User testing is NOT about gathering the wishes and personal preferences of content or technical experts. It’s too late in the development process to make […]

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What enables inspiring leadership in education?

Discussions with presidents of various educational associations ultimately led to the question: What enables inspiring leadership in education? The question prompted deep discussion and a detailed exploration in partnership with the Australian Primary Principals Association. Upon reflection, it seemed illogical that such a question would deliver a one word answer. In the end however, there was only one word that […]

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Are you a leadership superhero?

Are you a leadership superhero or a leader doing the best you can under ever increasing pressure? To get everything done that needs to be done in busy environments, educational leaders often feel like they have to be superheroes to get the job done. Not to mention the effort needed to inspire others to achieve great things. I remember talking […]

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What is Mentoring?

Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Inspiring Insights | Comments Off on What is Mentoring?

What is mentoring seems a pretty straightfoward question. In fact, these responses to that question might sound familiar, maybe even traditional:  a one to one relationship, which develops over a period time and is built on shared values  a relationship where a more experienced person supports a less experienced person to fill developmental gaps  where someone imparts wisdom and shares […]

Fan the fire within

Are you a spark finder?

Are you a spark finder or the fire spark? My father used to say, “you can’t always believe what you read.” When it came to reading literature on inspiring leadership as a developing leader, I often believed what I read. One thing that stuck in my head when reading a prominent text on transformational leadership was, the leader was the […]

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Educational Leadership: Inspirational Quotes

I was going to type some reflections about educational leadership following conversations with amazing educational leaders. My words found it difficult to gel, so I created this video to share their inspirational quotes! These reflections from inspiring leaders come from interviews I have conducted to explore the phenomenon of inspiration in the context of leadership skills and development. It builds […]

Moving out of your Comfort Zone

Meg’s Story on ‘Tough Empathy’

There is a body of thought promoting the notion of ‘carefrontation’. It has been described as the art of delivering constructive, compassionate feedback to people as a way to explore alternatives to ineffective behaviour. In my research on leading to inspire others, one inspiring leader used the term ‘tough empathy’ to describe the notion more eloquently. Why? From a leaders […]

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Implementing Personal Change

From a practical perspective, implementing personal change can be liberating. The paradox is that effecting personal change can be difficult. Given the similarity between change and inspiration I thought it was useful to share an inspiring leader’s reflection on change and inspiration. Cliff, an Olympic Coach, said, “to generate change from within, people must answer positively to these two questions:‘Am […]