One small voice

You may have gathered yesterday that I was very excited to have attended the SBM Roundtable event in Camelot (sorry Birmingham - I can't suppress the fantasy/fiction/ myth lover in me). However, in the cold light of a new morning, after my brain has had chance to sort out and reflect on all the information... Continue Reading →

The SBM Roundtable

I won't lie, my head is literally buzzing from my first "round table" of SBMs event held in Birmingham today. The opportunity to talk about the election manifestos and future policy making was just too great a draw and something I've wanted to be more involved in for a long time. So I threw my... Continue Reading →

How does Value Chain work in School?

Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable evening playing with Michael Porter's Value Chain (and my colouring pencils - I'm finding it difficult to suppress that creative urge at the moment!) I've always maintained that there are very few business theories that can't be applied to schools just by swapping profit for results. It is important... Continue Reading →

Trust is not a control

Let me ask you..."Do you trust me?" A simple question to which the answer, especially if asked by someone perceived to be in a position of authority, is invariably a hesitant 'yes', (although usually tempered by a sudden overwhelming feeling of insecurity.) Don't. I'll be the first one to stand up and tell you that... Continue Reading →

Hooray for Eurovision!

I look forward every year to tonight because one of my earliest and happiest memories is of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1980 my maternal grandparents came to stay this weekend. They didn't live too far away so their staying over was an unusual treat. To me, a growing child, they were respected adults, distant... Continue Reading →

The truth is out there.

I sometimes liken School Business offices to a black hole. They sit, in the far reaches of a galaxy, minding their own business, sucking everything in the vicinity into an endless void going who knows where, perhaps, i like to think, efficiently delivering them into another time dimension or parallel universe? Curious observers, remaining at... Continue Reading →

No, no and…umm…no

When I started on my SBM journey all those years ago, I received two pieces of sage advice. The first one, "don't always be the one that is saying no", I'll admit now, I haven't managed. I try very hard to accommodate as many requests as I can but it is just not possible to... Continue Reading →

Is it our democracy that is fake?

One of my favourite television programmes is the American show Madam Secretary. (I blame Dallas - it's a hard habit to break.) Apart from the fact that I love strong female characters (Jane Tennyson, Ellen Ripley, Lara Croft etc) I enjoy the premise of the story in that Elizabeth McCord is not a politician, but... Continue Reading →

Am I a Leader or a Manager?

I completed my DSBM in 2007 and, as well as some useful strategic tools to take to my role, it gave me a taste for learning that has only recently been suppressed by the sheer workload involved in my current job. My youngest son, in his last year of university, occasionally allows me discuss his... Continue Reading →

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