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Author: Dr Glenys Drew

Changing the Performance Appraisal Forever

Why is the ‘performance appraisal’ meeting rarely met with joy…these often serious, uncomfortable, artificial or perfunctory meetings? Seriously, we can do better! Make the performance conversation about fairness and clarity. That means co-developing and noting the scope and dimensions of the role and of relevant key observable measures of success. Make it about recognition. Recognise [...]

Leadership: going beyond the superficial

In 1997, literary critic F R Leavis wrote that society tends to concentrate attention on the ‘convenient’ problems and so rejects the real solutions. You might agree the observation still has currency. The motif is reminiscent in Tolkien’s character, Frodo, who discards his weighty helmet, belt and shield for the fray but ignores the ring, [...]

Why has leadership in education become so complicated, complex, fraught and, well, wearing?

Most go into education because of a passion for subject. When moving into management, few count on the daunting remit of balancing education quality and business effectiveness, administration and people leadership.* In more than twenty years working with education leaders, increasingly I see a rift hampering success. No-one wanted it, no-one designed it, but the [...]