Sunday, 9 January 2011

"People are always blaming their circumstances for where they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them."

Those of us who understand what it takes to build brilliant provision must continue to challenge the assumptions that extraordinary classrooms, schools, offices or companies are the province of a limited number of highly qualified and gifted individuals with rare gifts and talents. We can create extraordinary learning places and the stories from the last ten yesrs working in Leeds provide the key ingredients for success. It isn't about structures, processes or control or more autonomy. Reading the McKinsey report makes you realise that the keys to success are simple: people, passion, relationships, partnerships, compassion, ownership, engagement, empowerment and trust. Leadership is also vital but not the quick fix nonsense because real change and deep learning always take time. If you are struggling with this and need help give me a call.

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