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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 is the World Leadership Survey?

The World Leadership Survey is a biannual online survey conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership. The survey attempts to gain greater insight into global leadership trends and practices with a view to enhancing the development of leaders across the world. In essence, the survey attempts to capture employee experiences of leadership to help leaders to manage issues such as […]

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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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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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Staleness at Work

Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Inspiring Discoveries | Comments Off on Staleness at Work

A workshop I ran on Resilient Leadership required me to review the organisation’s staff satisfaction data and interview members of the Institute Leadership Team as preparation. Data revealed a clear message … people felt that there were heavy workloads, increased demands, lots of administrivia to be completed with reduced staff numbers and a frequency of knee jerk reactions to put […]

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Inspiring leadership in education

It often amazes me how conversations about inspiring leadership in education get the synapses firing and the passion flowing. A recent conversation with Norm, President of the Australian Primary Principals Association did just that … and beyond … a research project was born! It all started with a statement from an inspiring leader in my initial research … we don’t […]

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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 […]

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Change and Inspiration

I was speaking at a Conference recently and noticed there were a number of presenters talking about change. Change to the sector, change to processes, change within organisations. Most speakers championing the mantra of change were CEOs or Government leaders within a range of educational organisations. Their key tenet was the need for people to accept or embrace change. The […]