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Motivational Speaker
on School Leadership

Keynote

OPTIMAL Leadership
The key role of school leaders is to OPTIMISE their school. In this uplifting, engaging and relevant keynote Steve helps leaders unpack the Goldilocks approach to leadership choices. Find out more here. ###Link to one pager opening in a new tab.

Staff Development

Steve loves working IN HOUSE with the staff of schools to help them OPTIMISE their impact. Read more about potential topics here and work with Steve to tailor a program to meet the needs of your school.

Leadership Programs

The impact of leaders can not be overstated. Steve is passionate about working with school leadership teams to OPTIMISE their school and their impact. Read more about topics and programs specifically for leaders.

How to Stop Taking Things Personally

Working in schools means working with people, all day, every day. People can at time be prickly and unpredictable. Whilst we never know what is going on in somebody else’s life, it can be very easy to take things personally.…

Take On The Praise Challenge

Yes, I know you have a lot to do, especially at this time of the year. It is at these times of the year, when people are running low on reserves that they say (and do) dumb things. To counter…

This One Change Could Change Everything

Whilst some would say that technology has made us more connected than ever, the authors of my new favourite book argue that we are more disconnected than ever. “The next time you call a kid ‘attention seeking,’ change it to…

Two Types of Passion – One that Helps and One that Hinders

Having a passion seems to be the one universal trait found in the happiest, most driven people. Best selling author Shawn Anchor says that meaning and happiness cannot sustain themselves in isolation for long. To get to your passion, you…

Constructive Ways to Solve Problems

Whilst solving problems is the bread and butter of school leadership some of our behaviours help, and some hinder us. It is helpful to build the behaviours that are constructive and helpful in resolving problems and manage or reduce our…

RUOK? Day Is Coming Up

Whilst any day can be RUOK? Day, the formal day when it is highlighted is 8 September 2022. Before asking a colleague “RUOK?”, ask yourself: Are you in a good headspace? Are you willing to genuinely listen? Can you give…

Alternate Meanings For Common Words

It continues to be an intense time for staff in schools. The following light relief captured my attention and I hope brightens your day (at least briefly). Hang in there, your community needs you. The Washington Post has recently published…

What Memories Are You Taking Home?

The observations and memories that we collect during the day (and take home with us at the end of the day) have a huge impact on our happiness. In “The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again” , Chase Miekle…

Anxiety In Uncertain Times

Staff in many schools are anxious at the moment. In uncertain times anxiety increases. In his recent blog post, Dan Rockwell highlights, “Anxiety is a small fire in a pile of dry kindling. It’s normal to feel anxious when skills…

There Are Two Things People Want More Than Sex and Money

I know the headline got your attention but it isn’t clickbait. According to Mary Kay Ash, founder of the Mary Kay cosmetics empire, people want recognition and praise more than sex and money. Whilst I’d love to see the evidence supporting the claim, I…

Leaders Are Not As Good At Reading People As They Think They Are

Emotional intelligence is an important skill in leadership. Research shows that “accurate person perception” or being able to ‘read’ people is very beneficial. However, the vast majority of us are not as good at reading people as we think we are.…

Learn From the Mistakes of Not-So-Great-Bosses

If you've been working in schools for any length of time, you've probably worked for a not-so-great-boss. You've witnessed first-hand how a boss can negatively impact a department or a whole school. In their great book, “How to Become a Great…

Leaders Need Four Types of Capacity

If you are fortunate you will have worked with great school leaders who have been wonderful role models for you. However, we can also learn what NOT to do from leaders we have worked for. In their great book, “How to…

Are You a Great Boss?

No matter what your leadership title is, be it Principal, Head of school, HOD, AP, DP, HOC, HOSES or GDB (read more below), the people who you line manage will probably refer to you as their boss. The word “boss”…