D1 : Leading Teams Through Tough Times

Author: Greg Jansen and Rich Matla

In this Leaders’ Connect hui recording from 4 August 2022, Greg Jansen and Rich Matla share their whakaaro on Leading Teams Through Tough Times.

  1. How could your personal reflection / staff reflection of the SDW – TO / FOR / NOT / WITH box support you in leading in these turbulent times? 
  2. As you reflect on Zehr’s – ‘10 ways to live restoratively’ – which would you describe as strength – which is a good reminder? 
  3. Reflecting on what was discussed in this kōrero- what things do you have control over – what can you influence – as you turn up differently tomorrow?

D2 : Leading Up, Down and Across

Author: Carolyn Stuart and Stephen McConnachie

In this Leaders’ Connect Carolyn and Stephen explore what it means to successfully lead up, down and across through the experience of a middle and senior leader. How might a middle leader influence the decisions of senior leaders? How might senior leaders make way for middle leaders to lead?

  1. What is the biggest challenge to being effective in the space you want to lead or have been asked to lead?
  2. What is the biggest challenge you face in sharing leadership across the organisation?

D3 : Who directs the learning – harnessing student agency

Author: Nicola Ngarewa and Chris Jansen

During the COVID Rāhui/lockdown, educators reported tangible benefits and perhaps surprising increases in engagement from many of their students learning from home. Nicola Ngarewa and Chris Jansen explore how might we take these insights about student agency and translate them into change practices in our schools?

  1. Share your own “why”, or which of the three “why”s we’ve just heard resonated with you the most. 
  2. What changes might you make based on Nicola’s kōrero?

D4 : Out with the hero, in with the collective

Author: Dr Chris Jansen and Stephen McConnachie

In this Leaders’ Connect hui recording from 5th November 2020, Dr Chris Jansen and Stephen McConnachie share their whakaaro on collective leadership.

  1. Describe a situation where you or someone you know has been able to influence an outcome, despite not being in a formal leadership position – i.e. exerting leadership influence without being “the leader”
  2. Do you believe collective leadership would be always, sometimes or never appropriate in your own context?
  3. What might collective leadership look like in your specific context?
  4. Which strategy resonated most with you, and why?
  5. How might you use these strategies in your own context?

D5 : Catalysing Genuine Community Partnerships

Author: Lynda Stuart

In this Leaders’ Connect hui recording from 19 August 2021, Lynda Stuart (tumuaki of May Road School) shares her whakaaro on Catalysing Genuine Community Partnerships

  1. What are the ways you show your humanness within your learning environment?
  2. What are you doing now that you could involve community members with?

D6 : We Go, not Ego!

Author: Sarah Martin and Chris Bradbeer

Sarah Martin and Chris Bradbeer share their whakaaro on leveraging collaborative potential.

  1. Thinking about the High Functioning Team model, what aspects do you typically see teams come unstuck/underperform in?
  2. Reflect on an example of an intervention that was successful. In your view, what made it successful?
  3. How do you build your own capability, and the capability of those you lead, to do something rather than do nothing about the “up the nose”/incongruence or undiscussables?

D7 : Leading when the wheels fall off

Author: Greg Jansen

Greg Jansen shares two frameworks to support leaders as they navigate challenging times – whether it be with teams, parents, community or students.

  1. When the wheels fall off, what has worked for you in the past (or seen as really effective?)
  2. Reflect on insights from the spiral journal, and how this could be useful in your context:
  • Where do you operate as a leader? Which box do you function in?
  • Where do you default to? When stress comes – where do you end up?
  • What triggers you to your default? 
  • How could I use this thinking with the people / teams I lead?3. In what ways could the restorative keystones be useful for you and/or for those you lead?

D8 : Leading Through Collaboration 1+1=3

Author: Sharon Marsh and Murray Lucas

In this Leaders’ Connect hui recording from 8 April 2021, Sharon Marsh and Murray Lucas share their whakaaro on Leading Through Collaboration.

  1. Reflect on a time where you have seen / been part of a collaboration that was led well
    – What did you notice was present?
    – What helped this occur?
  2.  What aspects of the Puketeraki journey that Sharon shared resonate with you? What surprised you?
  3. How might you apply these findings to collaborations you lead and/or are a part of?
  4. Was there anything that surprised you about Murray’s findings around what makes effective inter-kura collaboration?

D9 : Wrangling adult tantrums – courageous collaboration

Author: Dr Chris Jansen

In this Leaders’ Connect hui recording from 2 December 2021, Dr Chris Jansen shares his whakaaro on courageous collaboration.

  1. What compelling issue would aggravate and ignite you into coming together with others to solve it?
  2. Who else cares about this?
  3. How can collaboration be destroyed?
  4. What “moves” do collaboration ninjas need in order to address this?

D10 : Leading change – moving from ideas to action

Author: Lisa Heald and Carolyn Stuart

New Zealand is full of great ideas in education… but without a clear pathway for change it is unlikely that a great idea will make it to being a great solution

  1. When have you experienced an initiative or innovation that has resulted in action – either that you lead or were involved in?
  2. How might Lisa’s whakaaro apply to your story, in your context?
  3. What resonated for you from your own experience and what Lisa and Carolyn shared?
  4. What frameworks/models/approaches do you use to call to action and make initiatives stick?