The teaching profession is blessed with many committed and talented individuals working hard for the sake of the children they care for and, perhaps like the medical profession is full of people who put the welfare and prospects of others above their own. None of this means of course that all our staff are communicating effectively, aligned to the core values visions and purpose of the school, or indeed are as engaged as we would like to believe.
Our staff are, after all, human.
Much effort to improve staff effectiveness takes the traditional route of "technical training". How to do this better or that more effectively. How to use the latest framework or improve particular teaching skills. Little of this type of training has a sustainable impact and neither does it address the challenges of lack of engagement, alignment or communication.
According to a 2012 study by Gallup “ State of the Global Workplace report” 85% of employees are not engaged or actively disengaged at work. Across all sectors.
Eighteen percent are actively disengaged in their work and workplace, while 67% are "not engaged."
This latter group makes up the majority of the workforce -- they are not your worst performers, they give you their time, but not their best effort nor their best ideas. They likely come to work wanting to make a difference, but are overwhelmed by the challenge, exhausted and hampered by challenges of communication and "ever-shifting goalposts". It is not surprising they lack motivation at times.
Our staff sees work and life as interconnected, and they want their job to be a part of their identity.
So let’s try something different? What does different look like?
Our workshops are designed to make maximum use of precious available time and will be tailored to your needs.
However, we do have some key "rules" and apply key "elements"
Maximum engagement (active learning)
Minimum powerpoint (it's a workshop, not a seminar)
Lots of fun (it helps to learn)
Simple principles (it helps retention of information)
Call to action (it secures commitment)
The Key Elements
Improving Communication. Communication is a key limiting factor in personal and institutional growth. It rarely gets the attention it needs yet understanding why communication is challenging and what can be done to improve it is far simpler than many would believe.
Feed Forward. Empowering your staff to identify for themselves those areas they wish to see improvement in, both behaviourally and technically.
Alignment. The process of helping staff re-connect with their "why" of teaching, and helping the school communicate its values and vision so that staff are better aligned to their own, their colleagues' and their school's purpose.
Coaching Principles. Strengthening culture and improving focus through simple but powerful concepts such as "above and below the line".
Empowering Personal Development. Understanding the "thought cycle" and how to commit to developing and improving self.