Tony Gurr


In Educational Leadership, Our Schools, Our Universities on 25/09/2011 at 10:54 am

I guess I really have to get round to writing some of these “Dummies-Guides” I have been talking about – but somehow I think that Wiley & Sons might not think I am their “type” of author…

Till then…another DVD Box-Set!

I’m actually doing these as a way to summarise a lot of the posts we have been putting up over the months (mostly for new “bloggers” – guys, just hit the “red links” below to take you too the posts)…

This time its allthingsleadership!


Sadly, many of our understandings of allthingsleadership are rooted in images of war, sufferring and conflict…and of the military “heroes” that step up and save the day. This is common in nearly culture on the planet!


The business community are especially “fond” of this conceptualisation:


Hey, if the business community can do it – so can we:


Mmmmmm…doesn’t quite “fit”, does it?


It’s probably a good idea to ask ourselves a few questions about where we are with Educational Leadership right now. In this post we draw on the ideas of Tom Peters (the “man” – in the business community) – and tweak them a “little” to better suit the way we “do business” in education:

One our very earliest post was very well received – seems it touched a nerve for many of you. It raises the issue of what type of educational leadership we need for the 21st Century – and the type of organisational culture we need to be co-creating for the future:

We also did this one in Turkish, too:


Building on this…we thought we’d take a quick look at some of the principles that should perhaps be guiding how we think and act as educational leaders – and what perhaps our foundation capstones need to look like:

Again, in Turkish…for those of you that would prefer:

These posts also touch on the importance of “habits” – so how could we not do more on “Mr. 7 Habits” himself:


We also have a lot of educational-wannabesthose “using” education for purposes that are far removed from allthingslearning – we need to ask if we need these “leaders” at all;

And, what we can do when we confront people like this:


My love of TV shows also got the better of me and I looked at whether Tony Soprano could add anything to our knowledge base (turns out he can):


We’ve also tried to show the types of leadership Turkish educators are showing in our “Çay ve Simit Interview” series:


As well as examples of the leadership shown by their learners:

We’ll have more of these – coming to a DVD store near you soon!

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