What always surprises me is how much potential there is out there. Our job as leaders, as managers, as coaches, as teachers, as parents, as people who care, is to help individuals set their goals, realise their enormous potential and understand that this is not as good as it gets! And, I realise more and more as I get older that it is all about co-operation, teamwork, networking and partnering. We must constantly celebrate our successes... I find that chocolate helps! We must continue to encourage the projects, challenges and initiatives that are making such a difference... send thank you notes, give stickers and say thank you as often as you can. We must declare war on bureaucracy, complexity and mediocrity and keep it simple and create simply beautiful systems alongside intelligent accountability. We must above all communicate and share! I have been to some incredible learning places and everywhere and wherever colleagues are releasing the magic, they are trusted, empowered and nurtured not bullied or intimidated. In so many places brilliant colleagues, working in schools and classrooms supported locally by focused and efficient teams, are releasing the magic and delivering world class outcomes.
- leadership really, really matters;
- enthusiasm is contagious;
- small is beautiful;
- relationships are key;
- passion is required;
- coaching counts;
- persistence and determination go a long way; and
- you tend to get what you expect.