Monday, 3 December 2012


I have had many magic days in my life... days when everything goes brilliantly and I have also spent the last twenty years wrestling with how we create great schools for every child, every young person and every community. Personally, I passionately believe that the answers lie in understanding what works and developing cooperative, collaborative, creative learning teams built on learning leadership, beautiful systems, deep research, intelligent accountability and the importance of discipline and character.

Interestingly, we have known this for years and I constantly wrestle with the fact that we still haven't managed to crack it! I was reading about the 80:20 Rule and it made me think about how we might simplify and focus what we are doing to achieve brilliant outcomes. The 80:20 Rule asserts that a minority of what you do usually leads to a majority of what you achieve. Looking at it another way, you could say that 80% of what you achieve in your life comes from 20% of the time you spend doing it. Just think about it... the rule suggests that what you achieve in one day of your working week delivers 4 days of your results. If we could capture what that 'one magic day' was all about and increase how often it happens outcomes would go through the roof. We need 'brilliant learning and brilliant leadership' driving our efforts to go from good to great to extraordinary and we must focus our energy and our efforts on developing, sharing and networking the magic of learning leadership, learning organisations and learning classrooms.

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