School Leadership Sprints are SHORT, SHARP video prompts designed specifically for leaders in schools. They provide practical and actionable strategies to enhance the leadership capabilities of school leaders.
They are fast paced and delivered in 10 to 15 minute videos bursts because time is valuable to leaders.
The standalone topics build leadership capability and the alignment of individual leaders, your leadership team and aspiring leaders.
School subscriptions provide access at your convenience for all staff
$190 + gst for an individual session
$390 + gst per term
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20 Leadership Sprint Videos
SETTING THE YEAR UP FOR SUCCESS
Each year is a fresh opportunity in schools. In setting up for success this year, what needs the attention of your leadership team? If leaders could be just 1% more effective it has a leveraging effect on all staff. This session helps your team get clarity about what needs to be a priority this year.
- Aligned leaders with clarity about this year's priorities.
FIRST THINGS FIRST - PRIORITISING THAT WORKS
Schools are busy places and time is a precious commodity. There is often too much TO Do and not enough time to get it all done. It is vital that leaders in schools prioritise and use their time well. In this session we unpack a key process for prioritising the work we need to get done.
- Use time more effectively using a clear process to prioritise.
HIGH FUNCTIONING LEADERSHIP TEAMS
The members of high functioning leadership teams are aligned, use their time well and are open and honest in their communication. In this session we unpack the four essential elements of the High Functioning Teams model. Which aspects do you do well and where do you need to focus your attention?
- More effective leadership team that understand and use the 4 components of Highly Effective Teams.
MEETINGS – MAKING SURE THEY ARE A GOOD USE OF PEOPLE’S TIME
It is vitally important that the time we spend in meetings is a good use of people's time. In this session we revisit the vital aspects of effective meetings and use the framework to reflect upon our meetings and identify where we can be both more effective and more efficient.
- More effective meetings.
TIME EFFICIENT LINE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES
It is vital that the line management processes in schools are both effective and time efficient. This session includes a tight timeline for a 30 minute one-on-one line management meeting that ensures that both parties agree priorities and are aligned.
- Tight line management processes.
5 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF LEADING EFFECTIVE CHANGE
Leading the implementation of school improvement strategies is often the key work of school leaders. It is vital that leaders understand and carefully plan for the 5 essential elements for leading effective change. In this session we unpack the five elements and identify the side effects experienced if we miss one aspect.
- Better implmentation of change.
CRYSTAL CLEAR ROLE CLARITY
Position descriptions are often so generic and all encompassing they fail to provide clarity about what each leader is responsible for. Using the format that is shared in this session each leader will be crystal clear on what the key aspect of their role is and what outcomes they are responsible for. This clarity is essential in ensuring that leaders utilise their time where it matters most.
- Clearly defined roles, responsibilities and priorities.
MASTERING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
As leaders we sometimes have to have 'difficult conversations'. Our impact as leaders can depend on our ability to have effective conversations. In this session we follow a clear process to prepare for a difficult conversation.
- Increased confidence in having difficult conversations.
GETTING TRACTION - TURNING GOALS INTO ACTION
Achieving the goals that we set each year is dependnet on successfully unpacking the key actions required to achieve the outcome we are aiming for. In this session we use the Priority Planning format to plot out and plan the actions necessary to successfully achieve our goals.
- A clearly laid ut plan to achieve your goals.
HAVING GREAT IMPACT USING THE 80/20 RULE
There are a critical few and trivial many tasks that leaders in schools undertake. Identifying and protecting the critical few tasks that lead to most of your results is essential, especially whejn we are biusy and have so much to do. Understanding and utilising the 80/20 rule is powerful.
- Increased impact of the leadership team.
THE POWER OF LIVING THE REPUTATION YOU WANT TO HAVE
If you asked the people you work with for three words to describe you, they would come up with them in a nanosecond. Are they the same three words that you would like them to say? Living the reputation you would like to have as a leader is a powerful way of making a deliberate choice in our leadership behaviours. What three words would you like people to say?
- Increased leader effectiveness.
Email was supposted to save us time and be an effective communcation tool. However, many leaders are overloaded in email and it is having a negative affect on their productivity and well-being. In this session we unpack the well researched startegies for managing the email tiger.
- Better management of email.
MULTI-TASKING ISN'T THE ANSWER - WHAT SHOULD YOU DO INSTEAD?
With so much to do many leaders feel they have to multi-task to survive. However, research shows that multi-tasking takes additional time and adds cognitive load. In this session we test the theory and provide an alternative approach that gets more done.
- A practical strategy that is more effective than multi-tasking.
UNLOCKING YOUR SCHOOL CULTURE
Building a positive School Culture is the key work of leaders in schools. Unlocking the optimal culture in your school requires leaders to be constantly monitoring the three key aspects - staff, students and parents. Which aspect currently needs your attention? In this session we use an instrument to reflect on the key aspects of the optimal school culture.
- Identify the key elements of your school's current culture that needs to be addressed.
WELL-BEING – MANAGING OTHERS’ WELL-BEING
Whilst staff in schools should be responsible for their own well-being, the number one factor impacting staff morale is leadership. In this Sprint we unpack key strategies that leaders can implement to boost staff morale.
- Practical strategies for leaders to support staff to take responsibility for their own well-being.
ARE YOU LEADING OR MANAGING? - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
One of the age old debates in leadership development is what is the difference between leadership and management. It is vital that school leaders work on BOTH operational and strategic levels to ensure their school operates effectively and achieves it's school improvement goals.
- Successfully focusing on both Operational and Strategic issues.
UTILISING YOUR STRENGTHS – WATCHING OUT FOR YOUR BLINDSIDES
In highly effective schools, each leader is aware of the strengths and talents they bring to the team. Identifying, understanding and utilising your strengths is important. Highly effective leadership teams have coverage of the four domains - Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking. Does your team have a blindside?
- Increased knowledge of personal strengths that each leader contributes and how they compliment each other.
BUILDING TRUST IS #1 LEADERSHIP SKILL
Schools are people places. The ability to build Truist is the #1 leadership skill. Trust impacts on the quality of every relationship, every communication and every situation we face in schools. Building Trust is vital! Having good intentions is not enough. It is behaviour that counts
- Understanding of the importance of Trust and how it is built.
EFFECTIVELY MANAGING RESISTANCE TO CHANGE
Schools are in a constant phase of change. Effectively managing resistance to change is one of the challenges facing school leaders. There are 7 reasons why change processes fail and each one can be avoided. School leaders need to know and cater for the predictable stages of concern.
- Practical strategies for addressing the predictable stages of concern people progress through as a change is implemented.
DIFFERENTIATING YOUR LEADERSHIP
Leaders should differentiate their leadership style to suit the people they are leading. This session focuses on choosing the correct leadership style to suit the needs of the situation and the people being lead. Should you be Directing, Coaching, Supporting or Delegating?
- Leaders having greater impact on the individuals they lead.