TWHF Edu-Pod Episode 3: CEO Book Club

Tuesday 12th March, saw leaders from across the WHF attend the 2nd annual CEO Book Club. The purpose of the event is for WHF leaders to meet, but with the addition of a potential leader of the future to share and explore ideas around a particular theme. This year, the theme was “values” and how they are an inherent part of all that we do.

CEO Dr Nick Capstick stated, that “The aims of the day was to better understand as leaders our core mantra that we are a “values based organisation and to share, and create, a common understanding and shared lexicon of what it means to be a “values-based organisation.”

To capture the event, the Professional Development Team have produced a Podcast where you can hear more from Dr Capstick and also a number of workshop leaders; including keynote speaker Josh Connolly. Listen to the Podcast below

Key Note Speaker: Josh Connolly

“Before I became a coach, blogger and public spokesperson, I had a lifetime of obstacles to overcome.  From growing up with an alcohol dependent parent who I lost to suicide at age 9, which led to my falling into the alcohol and drug dependency myself, to suffering mental health issues, to being on the brink of suicide, my story is the perfect example of how anybody can overcome the obstacles in their life and achieve greatness. Fast forward six years, I am now a business and life coach, a spokesperson for Nacoa (National Association for Children of Alcoholics).  I regularly give keynote speeches on a variety of topics including mental health, well-being, resilience and my transformational journey”.

The 6 books covered this year

Book 1- What if Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong? (David Didau)

This is a book about teaching, but it is not a manual on how to teach. It is a book about ideas, but not ideological. It is a book about thinking and questioning and challenging, but it also attempts some possible answers.

The hope is that you will consider the implications of being wrong and consider what you would do differently if your most cherished beliefs about education turned out not to be true.

Book 2When the Adults Change Everything Changes  (Paul Dix)

In When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour, Paul Dix upends the debate on behaviour management in schools and offers effective tips and strategies that serve to end the search for change in children and turn the focus back on the adults.When the Adults Change, Everything Changes illustrates how, with their traditional sanction- and exclusion-led methods, the punishment brigade are losing the argument. It outlines how each school can build authentic practice on a stable platform, resulting in shifts in daily rules and routines, in how we deal with the angriest learners, in restorative practice and in how we appreciate positive behaviour. Each chapter is themed and concludes with three helpful checklists: testing, watch out for, and nuggets designed to help you form your own behaviour blueprint.

Book 3 – This Much I Know about Love over Fear – Creating a Culture for Truly Great Teaching (John Tomsett)

‘This Much I Know about Love over Fear’ is a compelling account of leading a values-driven school where people matter above all else. Weaving autobiography with an account of his experience of headship, Tomsett explains how, in an increasingly pressurised education system, he creates the conditions in which staff and students can thrive. Too many of our state schools have become scared, soulless places. Tomsett draws on his extensive experience and knowledge and calls for all those involved in education to find the courage to develop a leadership-wisdom which emphasises love over fear. Creating a truly great school takes patience. Ultimately, truly great schools don t suddenly exist. You grow great teachers first, who, in turn, grow a truly great school

Book 4Turn the Ship Around! (L. David Marquet)

Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet. One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realised he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet’s approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier – and everyone is a leader.

Book 5Talent Architects – How to Make Your School a Great Place to Work (Mandy Coalter)

Mandy Coalter draws on her extensive HR experience in the schools sector and beyond to support you to build a great place to work where everyone can excel in the interests of the children. She provides practical tips and support that will help to improve staff retention, performance and engagement, while tackling topics such as addressing teacher workload, what really motivates and retains staff and the crucial role that leaders play in ensuring great people management in schools. Insightful, captivating and authentic, Mandy suggests fresh and practical new ideas and opportunities to strengthen your school and teachers, better equipping them to support their pupils

Book 6Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us about the Business of Life (James Kerr)

Champions do extra. They sweep the sheds. They follow the spearhead. They keep a blue head. They are good ancestors.In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world’s most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business. Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success – sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you’re gone?