The Structure of Schools

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Should we be paying more attention the structure of schools? A lot of facets of education are coming under scrutiny at the moment, both in the UK and abroad. The merits of various teaching styles, types of school, assessment formats and curricula among others are all being discussed. This debate is healthy and long may it continue. One facet, though, … Read More

Democracy and docility

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“Why do we demand and go to war for democracy as nations, yet accept with docility that no one has the right to choose their own boss?” – Ricardo Semler

To courageously follow

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If nothing else, this is quite a fun way of stripping the ego from the idea of being a leader. [thanks Steven Anderson] Now comes the first follower with a crucial role: he publicly shows everyone how to follow. Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore – it’s about them, plural. Notice … Read More

Utopia : Don Ledingham’s Learning Log

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The 7 tacit lessons which schools teach children:<br /> 1. Knowledge is scarce2. Learning needs a specific place and specific time (lessons in classrooms)3. Knowledge is best learnt in disconnected little pieces (lessons)4. To learn you need the help of an approved expert i.e. a teacher5. To learn you need to follow a path determined by a learning expert (a … Read More

Utopia : Don Ledingham’s Learning Log

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The 7 tacit lessons which schools teach children:<br /> 1. Knowledge is scarce2. Learning needs a specific place and specific time (lessons in classrooms)3. Knowledge is best learnt in disconnected little pieces (lessons)4. To learn you need the help of an approved expert i.e. a teacher5. To learn you need to follow a path determined by a learning expert (a … Read More

Frank Worrell’s Leadership Gem

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Frank Worrell was a pretty special character. I knew he was an inspirational leader, and focused on the team as a whole. e.g. from Cricinfo: “Before that wonderful tour of Australia in 1960-1, Barbadians would tend to stick together and so would the Trinidadians, Jamaicans and Guyanans. Worrell cut across all that. Soon there were no groups, just one team. … Read More

Honking

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Reminded today about geese and their amazing flocking strategies. All seemingly based on simple rules, if you believe the boids simulations. Simple rules like: engaging, encouraging and pulling ones weight (or alignment, cohesion, and separation in Craig Reynolds’ algorithm). As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole … Read More

Network Enabled Capability: Promise and Practise

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There’s a great, short article hereRUSI- Network Centric Operations Today: Between the Promise and the Practice that looks at some of the findings the US military (and others) are making trying to put Network Enabled Operations into practice. A coupe of things caught my eye. (Emphasis mine) In Afghanistan, improved headquarters performance was reported (after a period of adjustment and … Read More

Outgrowing the Organisation

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Seems to me that individuals are increasingly outgrowing the organisation. Expectations are aimed at fuller, richer lives, at travel, at the pursuit of interests, and at freedom of routine. And we expect organisations somehow to support us in this. Put another way, by one Frederick the Great: If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would … Read More