Research

Shifting the Paradigm Shift Faster

Besides the many ideas and innovations Kurt Levin advanced as one of the most influential social scientists of the 20th Century, he once commented “there is nothing so practical as a good theory”. Shifting the paradigm from teacher centred to student [...]

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Why Making Paradigm Shifts is SO Hard

Moving from an industrial ‘might’ to an information ‘byte’ education system will require a Herculean effort – supported by listening, collaboration and an open mindset. The dominant paradigm has been in place for the best part of two centuries, but [...]

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The Paradigm Shift Needed in Education

I was first introduced to the term “paradigm shift” by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman in their classic business book “In Search of Excellence”. Shared Beliefs They argued that the rational model of business – a direct descendent of the scientific [...]

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Industrial Might to Information Bytes

As an educator, I love to learn, and I love sharing what I have learned. While conducting research on educational institutions and education pedagogies for this series of blogs, I came across a fascinating article by Peter Gray, a Research Professor of Psychology [...]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Moving Learning Online

One of the clear messages to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis is that education has changed forever. Single biggest pedagogical change in decades Private school principals, state education secretaries, and education consultancy CEO’s all agree. COVID-19 has [...]

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Humanising Organisations: Ideal to Reality

I’ve long believed – and research consistently shows - that adopting humanistic management principles and practices such as empowerment and treating people with dignity and respect generates positive economic value for organisations. Mental Health and [...]

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Employee happiness depends on the boss

I’ve long been interested in the relationship between employee job satisfaction and work-related performance ever since I read about the famous Hawthorne studies conducted by Elton Mayo, a Harvard professor and generally regarded as the founder of the [...]

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Calling all leaders – the environment needs you!

As a leadership and management commentator, I don’t normally blog about climate change and the environment. However, in my view today’s most pressing and complex leadership challenge is climate change and the environment. The world needs leaders from all walks [...]

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Cutthroat Cooperation or Friendly Competition?

Conventional wisdom dictates that competition - regardless of whether it’s in the classroom, on the playing field or between business rivals – is good because it builds character, boosts productivity and delivers better outcomes. The degree to which the [...]

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Throw out the Carrots, Burn the Sticks … and Watch Employee Motivation Blossom

I’m often asked how to motivate employees. Indeed it’s a ‘perennial’ question with added urgency for managers wondering how to motivate a ‘Millennial’ generation where old school tactics such as rewards, recognition and fear are no longer producing [...]

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