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Why People Tell Others What to Do!

Can you remember when you were a young child?

Did your parents or those that cared for you generally ask you what you wanted to do and where you wanted to go? Or did they say we are going out, eat your greens and don’t swear at granny!

Ask or tell? In most cases it was tell most of the time.

And when you went to school for the first time (and most days after that) did someone say, “Whose class would you like to be in, where would you like to sit and what would you like to learn?” Or did they generally tell you which classes to attend and what to do?

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What Stops High Performance?

What’s the biggest thing that prevents staff and students from achieving high performance and the results they want?

  • Fear (of Ofsted, failure, what others think, change or the unknown…)?
  • Procrastination and/or indecision?
  • Uncertainty or lack of knowledge?
  • Upbringing, experiences or role models?
  • Anxiety and stress?

It could be any or all of these and more!

Yet these are symptoms rather than the cause. The number one thing that prevents high performance and the achievement of results is self-talk – the things we all tell ourselves and the stories we make up.

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Are You a Ten Percenter?

The difference between outstanding and ordinary is usually less than 10%. This simple fact can be used by anyone interested in high performance.

Headteachers, Senior and Middle Leaders, Teachers, Support Staff and Students can apply this to quickly achieve the performance levels they desire, personally and for their organisation.

Once you accept this it can motivate and drive you towards high performance.

So what’s the problem? Well our experience and research from working with both ordinary and elite performers in business, education and sport has shown that many leaders and managers just don’t know how to energise, direct and engage their people.

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Zero Tolerance Doesn’t Work

Image School behaviours NotepadZero tolerance and hard discipline in themselves do not improve behaviour, according to a recent study by an American research organisation Child Trends.

Students need character development and to understand why they should behave positively.

Zero tolerance is the most widely promoted approach in the United States, though my own experience suggests we are much better in the UK at positioning our rules and policies with students.  However, in the busy world that we all operate in and with so  much to do each day I think there is much more most schools can do to develop the right student (and teacher) behaviours.

So what more can schools do?

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The Appetite is There

Resilience-For-Success-3dAfter my post last week there is a clear mandate for teaching character and resilience.  Of those voting 100% agreed that it is something we should be doing in our schools.

There were a few e-mails sent too – saying we were already teaching it, which is great news. A few of these seemed to think there was a criticism in what I was saying and this was not intended. So many schools do so much already and the profession is constantly being challenged and under review from the Government, Ofsted, the media and parents (to mention a few).

Given this and the changes to terms and conditions, pensions and the many initiatives, it isn’t surprising to find teachers and other staff feeling demotivated.  Despite this so many continue to give their best to students every day and you are our heroes as you strive to raise ambition and achievement.

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