The stable genius and other leadership myths!

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, Some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor.” (Rumi, “The Guest House”) As I get older, I have become much more aware … Read More

Playing your Strengths

Research from The Gallup Foundation shows that: The chances of staff being disengaged and unproductive at work are: 44% if your line manager ignores you and your work 22% if your line manager focuses on your weaknesses to improve your … Read More

Preparing for Retirement

1 in 5 UK adults found it difficult to adjust to retirement, and 56% didn’t do anything to prepare 39% Of those who wanted more support to help them prepare for retirement, 39% wanted advice on how it would affect … Read More

Teachers – “Redressing the Balance”

Saturday 27 January 2018, The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, Suffolk 9.30 – 1.00pm A morning for teachers to take stock of their emotional and psychological resilience and wellbeing, get some practical tips to managing stress and re – energise with … Read More

Headteachers/Deputies – “Redressing the balance”

Tuesday January 30 2018, 10 – 4pm, The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, Suffolk A day in which your own emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing becomes centre stage. Ian summarises the core purpose of this course as follows: “Heads and deputies … Read More

Good leaders and managers encourage staff to stay with organisations!

James Harter, one of the world’s foremost researchers and thinkers on employee engagement expressed the following in a 2013 paper on why staff leave or stay with an organisation: “The most successful managers we have had a chance to study … Read More

Finding solace in tough times

As someone who is driven by wanting to learn more about our nature as human beings, our resilience, and what this means in practical terms for a life that is worth living to the full, the last two months have … Read More

Teachers – want to develop better mental health for your students? Start with yourselves!

In May 2016, shortly after leaving her role as Mental Health Champion for Schools, Natasha Devon (@NatashaDevonMBE) said the following:  “Above all, I kept repeating what I still consider to be the most crucial point of all during discussions at … Read More

School course, bury st edmunds

Developing resilience and wellbeing for you and your school – October 6 2016

Developing Resilience and wellbeing for you and your school October 6, 9 – 5pm, Lavenham, Suffolk. Cost £180 including lunch, materials and follow – up support. Co – leaders: Ian Flintoff (former Headteacher/Director of Affirm); Carole Baker, (yoga and wellness … Read More

Leaders who look after themselves and their staff boost pupil outcomes and well – being – latest research

“Leaders’ acts of caring for the emotional lives of teachers can influence school culture, teacher commitment, teacher collective efficacy and commitment which, in turn, influences improved student learning “   “While they were caring for others, they were not caring … Read More