High performance leaders create an inspiring future by connecting with a classic and honorable past.
The quality & morale of teachers is absolutely central to the well being of students and their learning.
Teachers create and transform energy. They are the dynamos of educational change.
If one foot is in a bucket of steam, and the other is in a bucket of ice, you are not, on average, comfortable.
You cannot switch teachers on and off as if they were PowerPoint presentations.
High performing organizations have cultures of creativity and risk. They encourage workers to innovate and play.
Capacity building originally meant helping people to help themselves. Now it means required training to deliver imposed policies.
On government & unions: the only thing worse than blind trust is blind mistrust.
In healthy individuals, emotions don't distort rationality, they enhance it!
Improvement is about doing something better; innovation is about doing something new.
On school culture: It's hard to eat something you've had a relationship with.
Adolescence is about digging out the iron inside irony.
Evaluation schemes that implicate 100% of the staff to detect a small % of incompetents are a waste of time.
Deadwood did not kill itself!
Human growth is not like rhubarb. It can be nurtured and encouraged but it cannot be forced.
Every solution has a problem.
Arrogance is the conjoined twin of ignorance.
High performance leaders know they have to breathe out when they are coming up for air.
Sustainable leadership does not compromise the future by expanding and accelerating too quickly in the present.
Teachers who believe they can make a real difference in their students lives REALLY do.
Without optimism & self-belief among teachers, classrooms become wastelands of boredom & routine and schools deserts of lost opportunity.
Service to others should be one of the most basic purposes of family life and schooling.
Too often, shared visions really mean, "I have a vision; you share it!"
Too many professional development initiatives are done to teachers - not for, with or by them.
A brainscan cannot interpret itself and neither can a data dashboard in education.
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