Saturday, February 26, 2022

Everybody's got someone to lean on (The Traveling Wilburys)

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When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better. 

Solange Knowles

Monday, February 21, 2022

One thing I've learned...

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One thing I’ve learned as a coach is that you can’t force your will on people. If you want them to act differently, you need to inspire them to change themselves.

Phil Jackson

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast (Alfred A Montapert)

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My job is to solve interesting problems.

Today it was to juggle all the various threads of information about our graduation ceremony (to celebrate the successes of last year's senior students) into a format - a script, that I could understand and use tomorrow.

Time pressures add a layer of complexity to that problem as well.

Plus, I can't do this alone and so waiting for information to come and continually checking my own understanding and that of others can be tricky. Worthwhile. But tricky.

The other problem, of course, is also juggling all the other competing needs and demands of the day and, being a Thursday - report writing day, there are quite a few.

That was today. There will be a fresh set of problems to solve tomorrow.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the road you're on (Led Zeppelin)

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According to James Clear, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert as long as you’re on the path. If a beginner is on the path, all they need is time. If an expert is off the path, they won’t be an expert for long.

Based on my 2021 appraisal, I've spent some time today putting my goals for the year together.

According to my appraiser, my strengths are leading/ managing staff, my positive approach to leadership and meeting annual goals!

A key area for me to work on in 2022 is professional development for myself and being kind to myself.

To that end I've set myself a target of taking my breaks to work on my own professional development. So far, so good.

Things have conspired to make this much more doable this year - changes to the supervision schedule of the Learning Centre and no longer having a teaching class have put some wind behind my sails at the start of the year.

Just got to remember to stay on that path!

Monday, February 7, 2022

Can I trust you?

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Teamwork is the foundation of success. The three universal questions that an individual asks of his coach, player, employee, employer are: Can I trust you? Are you committed to excellence? And, do you care about me?

Lou Holtz

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Boston bean, soy bean, Lima bean, string bean. You know that I'm not keen for a bean unless it is a cheery coffee bean (The Ink Spots)


Many in NZ have adopted the brace position for the predicted deluge of Covid omicrom variant patients to come. I just can't though.

I noticed on some minutes from my local Principal group a list of what each school was doing to prepare for the mass staff and student absenteeism that is predicted. There were probably a dozen schools on the list.

Each one was different. Not just slightly different. Vastly different.

No one has the answer. We're all flayling away.

The mask wearing is a constant battle with students and, well, basically, to cut to the chase, I think the sooner we all get covid and it retreats to the status of the seasonal flu the better.