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Student Feedback **Available Now**

This book outlines why strong, mutual relationships between educators and students are critical for twenty-first-century learning, and demonstrates how schools can foster them using a readily-available tool: student feedback.

Systematically collecting and using student feedback is a powerful, yet safe, way to:

  • improve and develop educator practice

  • demonstrate to students that the school values student voice

  • develop consistently high student experience across the school

  • improve staff wellbeing

  • engender a shift from a teaching relationship to a learning relationship.

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Red Brain Blue Brain  **Available Now**

This is a book about how we are, how we got to be this way and how we could live differently to be more capable, self-determining and connected to others, ourselves and the wider world.

We all have two mind states, the ‘blue zone’ where we are at our best – confident, collaborative and creative – and the ‘red zone’ where we become self-focused, impulsive and emotional, where we lack choice.

It seems we were born this way, but we weren’t.

The ‘red zone’ is a consequence of how we are brought up.  We learn to manage it to a greater or lesser extent, we all know we can do that.

But, we can also cause it to fade away.

A world in which this happens – a ‘blue zone’ world – is very different from what we experience now.  This book will help you to imagine what such a world would be like and will help to inspire you to work towards creating it.

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The Success Zone

The Success Zone is an account of your mind and brain, of why coaching works, and of how to lead whoever and wherever you are. Written in a conversational style, it takes you through a journey of development that is both engaging and intuitive. Easy to read, understand and apply, the principles here have already changed lives.

  • Learn how to stay calm under pressure

  • Learn the secrets of coaching that help create new outcomes for people

  • Learn how to create the conditions where change is less painful, and easier to sustain

  • Discover the hidden X-factor of the influential and charismatic

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Optimising Time, Attention and Energy

Do you think the way you think is ‘natural’?

It’s not. We have been shaped by our schooling to judge, compete and consider ourselves first. Our natural way is to accept, empathise and collaborate.

But we can change. Optimising Time, Attention and Energy shows us how to learn to open up new ways to become happier, healthier and more productive by exploring brain plasticity and understanding the specific roles of our left and right hemispheres.

Schools over-emphasise the development of the left hemisphere at the expense of the right. This book explains how to acknowledge the function of each hemisphere according to evolution’s design.

Through managing our attention well we can reshape the right brain’s role as first responder, providing a greater capacity to accept others and manage our own emotional responses. Managing our time effectively helps bring the left hemisphere back from the first responder role, allowing us to focus on the present and work efficiently without guilt about the past nor anxiety about the future.

Clearer direction reduces friction between two different worldviews thus boosting our energy levels. Now, that is natural.

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Optimising Team Effectiveness

How do you know when you are participating in a ‘good’ meeting?

  • you feel the energy flow

  • the time flies

  • every participant learns something new during the meeting

  • you feel respected

Within companies, government agencies and schools, teams are now the fundamental unit of organisation. If an organisation wants to excel, it needs to influence not only how people work but also how they work together.

In the past, teams’ main functions were largely to do with coordination and management (‘vertical coordination’) and, although these continue to be important, teams are now expected to innovate and create the new.  Collaboration amongst diverse team members is fundamental to this shift (‘horizontal coordination’). 

It’s time to reinvent meetings for the 21st Century.

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Yes, we can consciously and deliberately manage our time, attention and energy to change ingrained responses – rewire our very plastic brains – and gradually see the emergence of courage, innovation and the capacity to connect with and inspire others.  This is Emergence.

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Reinventing Meetings

It is common to hear complaints that there are too many meetings but it is not necessarily the number of meetings that is the issue, rather, it is the quality and effectiveness of the meetings that matters. If meetings were more effective, fewer meetings would be required and the meetings held would take less time.  It is time to reinvent meetings for the 21st Century.

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Being in the Blue Zone

Education is going through a major transformation and what is emerging has the potential to develop young people to be confident, collaborative, creative and ethical, life-long learners.  Young people with a single, blue zone mind state.  At the heart of this transformation is a move from a concern for me (red zone) to a concern for you (blue zone).  This is a journey we all need to be on.

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Moral Purpose

Moral purpose is the intention to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals such as employees, clients or society.  Moral purpose is about both ends and means and although the end espoused by most educators is the same – to make a difference to students – the means used to achieve it can be quite different, in fact, educators can produce ends that are quite dissimilar from what society might currently need.

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Student Motivation

Intrinsic motivation - the motivation that matters if we want to address the decline in education - has two components to it, curiosity and courage.  Curiosity is intrinsic to being human and is evident as soon as a baby can reach out a hand or focus its eyes.   Courage only emerges with the adult mind and is the ability to keep going when things get hard or ambiguous or boring.  Courage can neither be willed nor argued into existence. It grows and develops through the right forms of attention from the adults around the child.  The combination – courage + curiosity – is the foundation for long-term growth into successful adulthood.

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