Starting Strong with Jenny Cole

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In the past two years, our Academic Council has worked with Jenny Cole, a Leadership Development Consultant from Positively Beaming. These sessions were inspiring, thoughtful, and practical. They equipped our Heads of Learning Areas with the essential knowledge and skills needed to lead a high-performing team in a school setting.

Ailsa Harris, Head of Science, has reflected on the impact of these sessions on her role as a leader of the Science Department.

At the beginning of the term, we had a productive professional learning session with Jenny on starting strong. Her message was clear: how you commence your year with your learning area team determines the tone for the rest of your work. Starting strong is crucial for success.

Jenny’s sessions were full of actionable tips and practical advice. Here are some of the significant takeaways:

  • Define Your Goals: Start by defining your goals for the year, quarter, or project. Make sure they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve will help you stay focused and motivated.
  • Prioritise: Identify the most important tasks that will help you achieve your goals and prioritise them. Focus on the tasks that will have the most significant impact, and delegate or postpone the rest.
  • Plan: Create a plan of action that outlines the steps you need to take to achieve your goals. Break your plan into small, manageable tasks and set deadlines for each one.
  • Get Organised: Ensure you have the tools and resources you need to do your job effectively.
  • Develop Habits: Form positive habits that support your goals.
  • Stay Motivated: Keep your motivation high by celebrating your successes and learning from your failures. Recognise the progress you have made, and stay committed to your goals.

Starting strong is not just about the first few days of the year or a project. It is a continuous process that requires focus, determination, and discipline. By following these tips, you can set yourself up for success and achieve your goals.

During the second session, we were given the opportunity to practice coaching.

Coaching conversations are an incredibly powerful tool that can lead to significant personal and professional growth. Through open and honest dialogue, coaches can help individuals identify their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and develop actionable plans to achieve those goals. By actively listening and asking thought-provoking questions, coaches can help individuals gain new insights and perspectives that they may not have considered before. Coaching conversations also provide safe and supportive spaces for individuals to explore their thoughts and feelings, build self-awareness, and work through any obstacles or challenges that may be holding them back.

Overall, coaching conversations are a highly effective tool for empowering individuals to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

The Academic Council gained a lot from these sessions and is looking forward to implementing what they learned.

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