It takes two (or more) to tango

A guide to dating for schools, or how to collaborate [something I wrote for Relational Schools, here]  “Inter-agency collaboration in the public sector has been viewed as a self-evident virtue in complex societies for several decades, yet has remained conceptually elusive and perennially difficult to achieve” (Hardy et al, 1999).   The emergent academies programme […]

OD&D for schools

Organisation development (OD) is a planned, sustained and systemic change-effort to improve the efficacy and health of an organisation, through interventions developed with reference to behavioural science and system-theory. It is organisation-wide, and so must be led ‘from the top’, but if it is to be effective, an OD initiative must engage people throughout the […]

Mission accomplished?

I’ve always been slightly troubled by time many organisations spend creating vision and mission statements. For a new organisation, or one doing something quite distinctive, unique, or entirely values-based, then it kind of makes sense. But I can’t see how the struggle to describe that in a short pithy form is worth the effort. Any potential meaning […]