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Creativity across Learning #6 – How can leaders promote and support creativity?

This sixth post in the series comes again from the unpublished draft of 2011 as noted in the earlier posts. It asks how can leaders go about transforming the culture in their establishments so that everyone promotes creativity in learning, and how do we support them to do so?  Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible. (Aristotle) The conduct of schools, based upon a new order of conception, is so much more difficult than is the management of schools which walk the beaten path. (John Dewey) Whilst everyone appears to agree that effective school leadership is an essential pre-requisite.
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Another look at ‘Good to Great in the Social Sector’

I am in the process of redeveloping my website/blog over the summer and having a look at some of my output over the last 7 years I came across a review from October 2006 of Jim Collins' wonderful monograph 'Good to Great in the Social Sector'. I am doing some work for a start-up tech charity The Memory Box Network and it made me think of how to build a great organisation where greatness is not measured purely in financial terms. Since 2009 I have been self-employed and have built private and 3rd sector experience on.
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The Leadership Diamond

The Leadership Diamond

I had the honour of attending a wonderful discussion a few weeks ago, organised by my friend Joe Laffery of Lifetree (@joelafferty) and former CEO of Tayside NHS Tony Wells.  The main contributor to the day was Peter Koestenbaum the founder of Philosophy in Business. It was one of those days when the self-employment dial was at the 'overworked' end of the scale, rather than pointing to ' I wonder what I'll do today?' (which luckily is still a rare event).  I was sorely.
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Bob Stone on Leadership

 Bob Stone Bob Stone sent me an email earlier highlighting an article he has published recently on the Governing.com website. Bob worked with Al Gore on the 'reinventing government programme' (see his book  'Confessions of a Civil Servant' for this great story).  His latest article draws on his previous work and is entitled the ABC of Leadership. I like what he  is saying around Authenticity, Buoyancy and Control. We need truthful leaders who have a vision  beyond covering their own backsides. Whilst I agree with Bob that the leader's role.
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Some Leadership Top Tips?

I was asked to speak to a group of LTS staff this week on the subject of leadership and identify some 'top tips' for aspiring leaders. Here is a adaptation of what I came up with as a starter for discussion:
  1. Be a lifelong learner - as soon as you think you know all the answers you can be sure you don't. Read as much as you can and widely as you can (not just 'how to' stuff but also the classics of literature because they are timeless and deeply rooted in the human condition).
  2. Know what you stand for - what.
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Recognising Professionalism 2: Norman Drummond

Norman Drummond Going to work in the dark and traveling home in the dark is just one of the many challenges of living in northern Europe in the Winter. It is in this context that I want to post about a meeting I had on Tuesday 19 December with Norman Drummond founder of Columba 1400 My meeting was at 0900 in Edinburgh and I left home just before 7, having scraped a thick layer of ice from my windscreen before I could drive to Dundee station to get the 0713 train. That.
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