There is a rich vein of untapped wisdom waiting to be released and harnessed, when we take time to listen to those involved in "doing the job". I respect practitioners and so my approach is always about building the capacity of individuals and teams, helping them find ways to make a positive difference. It's about developing a culture of success and professional interdependence based on self-belief, evaluation and action. It works. It's well researched. It's a process solution.
The beliefs above thread through my career. I began teaching English in 1970, working through to senior leader, headteacher, advisor, Ofsted Inspector and Deputy Chief Inspector for Nottinghamshire. Going Freelance in 1998 led to: Work in many Spcial Measures Schools, Executive Headships, NCTL Lead Facilitator & Consultant Leader, Regional Curriculum Adviser for the DfE and numerous training and consultancy contracts. I published two books: "The Evaluation of Pastoral Care & PSHE" and "Desire Lines". Business experience in Restoration, Sculpture and Publishing informed my training and mentoring over 1,500 start-up consultancies around the UK. Download my last CV!
I'm very proud of The iAbacus and my recent partnership with Dan O'Brien We've captured the essential process of success planning I described above in a deceptively simple piece of software (more on iAbacus below)
This video filmed at BETT2018 tells part of my story.
At a recent #WomenEd LeadMeet Conference I launched a new model for "Consensual Leadership" using the PANINI Continuum. It captures how I, and many others, want to behave and be treated at work. I've been bouyed by the positive responses. Here's my article in Secondary Education Magazine SecEd Magazine June 2018.
The iAbacus is unique because it starts with individual, or team, perceptions. It combines the emotional intelligence of coaching with the rigour of audit. Have a look at the website here, watch a 60 second video here or re ad these testimonials but the best way to understand iAbacus is to use it - so take a FREE TRIAL
I love meeting and linking with people with a passion to make a positive difference.
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As Chair of the charity Kenyan Education Support KES, it's great to provide scholarships to gifted but disadvantaged Kenyan youngsters who would otherwise have no education. Our scholars, many now at University, are already making a positive difference to our world.
A finer life-balance involves a growing family, writing, blacksmithing, Rotary International and climbing high mountains, preferably covered in snow.
Oh yes, I've just been elected Chair of Governors at my grandchildren's school.