leadership

Letter to my Daughter starting University

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, Life Skills, mental health, motivation

Dear Amy-Beth   It feels crazy that you are leaving for university so soon after being born! The past 18 years have been amazing but they have flown by far too quickly. I worry that I have not told you…

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#doingschooldifferently

Education, leadership, staff wellbeing, teaching

I will add to this blog on a regular basis over the next few weeks. I will be tweeting my additions at @PRadfordSpeaker on Twitter. Please follow me there:  but I will also keep adding them here so that it’s…

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What COVID-19 is teaching us about Capitalism

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, motivation, staff wellbeing, team building, Uncategorised

‘Greed is good,’ stated Gordon Gecko in the film Wall St. He was describing an ideology that has long been held to be both obvious and essential to human and economic development – namely the ‘trickle down’ effect. Adam Smith’s…

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Why ‘good’ is better than ‘perfect’

leadership, Life Skills, mental health, motivation, staff wellbeing

“Nobody’s perfect.” This is a fairly universally held assertion. But I think it’s wrong. Not because some people are in fact perfect but more because everyone is. The statement includes an assumption: that there is such a thing as perfect;…

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The secret to understanding people!

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, motivation, staff wellbeing, teaching, team building

All behaviour is communication. I came across this statement whilst assessing a special school for Unicef’s Rights Respecting School Award. Mountjoy School in Dorset caters for children aged 4-18 with severe learning difficulties. Many children there are unable to communicate verbally,…

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36 suggestions to transform the teaching profession!

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, mental health, motivation, staff wellbeing, teaching, team building

These 36 suggestions have come out of lots of years working in and with schools. The teaching profession is haemorrhaging teachers at an unprecedented rate: 20% plan to leave in the next two years, 40% in the next five years! Lots…

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Finding your Purpose

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, Life Coaching, motivation, team building

Many businesses have a purpose statement of some kind but for many it is little more than words on a website. The principle is very simple – in order to score you need to be clear what you’re aiming at!…

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Getting out of the Cave – part 1

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, Life Coaching, Life Skills, motivation, team building

Or  Why everything you thought you knew is wrong! The ancient philosopher Plato suggested that people everywhere live most of their lives like prisoners trapped in a cave. The prisoners are confined in their viewpoint and can only see shadows…

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Will this be your best year yet? You decide!

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, Life Coaching, Life Skills, motivation

How committed are you to what you’re doing? One of the biggest killers of progress is indecision. Wavering, hesitancy, half-heartedness, apprehensiveness.  None of these traits give birth to successful, thriving projects or businesses. At some point you have to make…

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It’s not money you need, it’s trust.

Business Coaching, Education, leadership, motivation, teaching, team building

People talk about needing ‘capital’ in order to expand and grow a business or improve their school.  What they usually mean by this is money. But there is another kind of capital that is far more significant to growth than…

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