Monday, 12 March 2007

I have been reflecting on the challenges we face, the rapidly changing landscape and the lack of certainty or clarity about the future...

To drive way the dark clouds we must simply remember what have achieved together over the last six years… something unique and very special… an education service that is delivering better and better outcomes for children and young people. Together we have changed the learning landscape here in this wonderful city and made a real difference. However, we can’t be complacent in this rapidly changing world and we must continue to raise the bar, to step up and to always strive to be brilliant in everything we do. We must be positive, confident, optimistic and creative… and practise, practise, practise!

Our key job over the next few months must be to ensure that we are pragmatic and focused on outcomes… we must get things done in the time available and process the things that need to be done as fast as possible. Always remember the 80:20 rule because there are always more important things to do and perfection simply isn’t achievable.

We must all be in touch with what is going on… we must listen more, get out and about and see what is happening. We must be brave and remember that it’s not just what you do, it’s the way that you do it that matters… and we must above all continue to talk team and retain our sense of humour.

We must work with positive people whenever we can… pick out the optimists and those who love life and join their teams. We must, wherever possible, avoid people who are cynical and depressing to be with. And we must never be defensive about our mistakes and failures… the only people who don’t make mistakes are those who do nothing, say nothing and are nothing.

And remember to…
¨ Focus but also remember to relax;
¨ Smile and laugh at life;
¨ Read and learn;
¨ Hug a friend;
¨ Celebrate real excellence and always say thank you;
¨ Share your experiences and your successes;
¨ Search for ways to have fun;
¨ Work hard but wear comfortable shoes!
¨ Breathe deeply when the going gets tough.
¨ Stretch and exercise regularly.
¨ Get cross and stamp your feet.
¨ Dance and sing;
¨ Touch your toes.
¨ Get enough sleep.
¨ Regularly take a break.
¨ Clean up the clutter.
¨ Get some sunshine.
¨ Count your blessings.
¨ Don’t dwell on the negatives.
¨ Never lie about anything important.

Always remember that you are here to learn.
Write it on your T-shirt!

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