Tuesday, 4 December 2012


"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves
beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." 
Eric Hoffer 

I constantly ask myself what is it that makes a school. a council or any organisation a brilliant learning place and what can we learn from what talented colleagues are doing in schools, councils and organisations across the country and across the world. The answers aren't rocket science. You need outstanding, focused and passionate leadership with clear values, beliefs and behaviours driving all aspects of the work. You need an inclusive learning culture within highly focused, consistent and beautiful systems. You need a great team with a focus on excellence, high standards and positive behaviour. You need an uncompromising and relentless focus on being outstanding within an attractive and stimulating learning environment. And most of all, everyone has to have high expectations and be prepared to work hard!

Everything I have been reading recently has once again reminded me that the potential to be exceptional exists within everyone, and there are no exceptions. Being exceptional is not defined by what you have or what you do, rather it depends critically on your attitude and the decisions you make. Extraordinary achievers are ordinary people who make extraordinary decisions about the events in their lives. It would be easy to justify reasons for other peoples success – such as lucky breaks, better education, wealthy parents, etc. Yet the truth of the matter is attitude makes the difference between extraordinary achievements and mediocre results. All exceptional achievers make clear deliberate decisions about themselves, their future and their role in the world. Our decisions drive our destinies and shape our futures. While you can’t change your past and the challenges in your present may “seem” insurmountable, almost every aspect about your future is yet to be decided.

I know that these are challenging and difficult times for us all but the choice is yours. You can choose a path of struggle, hard work and mediocrity or you can choose to rewrite your future and become exceptional. Let me know if I can help!

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