Month: May 2020

Home Further Reading What to do when you can’t do In 2014 a series experiments emanating from Harvard (Guardian, 2014) showed that people would rather administer themselves electric shocks than be left alone with their thoughts.  In 11 separate studies people, from different ages and backgrounds were asked to sit alone just to think for up to …

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Home Further Reading Rebalancing The System As all that we have taken for granted appears to be shaking and falling and the fragility of the illusion of stability comes to the fore it may be time to think about ourselves as natural. Within our lifetimes we have divorced ourselves from nature. We have actively sought …

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Home Further Reading Pollinating The System Erik De Haan speaks of the coach as a vessel of hope. Like the wise shamans of old an external coach moves from place to place with very little but the time and space to listen, acknowledge and be curious. Coaching has such a spectrum from the pure reflection …

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Home Further Reading The comfort paradox – Get into the ZOUD A very British problem When was the last time you actively instigated an uncomfortable discussion? If you are reading this and experiencing an ‘inner squirm’ at the very idea of it, then it’s likely to be symptomatic of the very British problem of not …

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Home Further Reading A CULTURAL CRISIS “It is not just the amount of work. It is the pressures of a punitive and non-productive accountability system.” This quote comes from an article from the Guardian in 2018 appraising the current climate in education. But for a moment imagine you read this about Google…what would you advise? …

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Home Further Reading ARE YOU DOING LAUNDRY INSTEAD OF LEADING? A few years ago I met a deputy head who was on the verge of leaving the profession. He was overwhelmed with his work – regularly putting in 12 hour days. When we dived into the issues a theme emerged. He said to me “You …

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