Sunday, October 17, 2010

After nearly ten years here in Leeds we know how to deliver outstanding outcomes and build brilliant teams...

You don't need to look elsewhere to see great teams and brilliant leadership. Simply look around. Start with Jim Hopkinson and the Youth Offending Team or Bridget Mork and the Parent Partnership Team or Sally Threlfall and the Early Years Team or Ann Cowling and the Healthy Schools Team or simply fill in your own nomination for team of the year. Wherever you look there are simply extraordinary colleagues releasing the magic where it really matters.

So what are the ten tips?
  1. Get to know your colleagues.
  2. Keep asking your colleagues how things are going, what needs improving and what we can do better.
  3. Delegate twice as much as you're currently doing to trust and empower your colleagues.
  4. Constantly check colleague's understanding of what you are expecting them to do.
  5. Set the direction and always be totally clear what you want.
  6. Constantly and genuinely praise colleagues for doing the right things.
  7. Constantly communicate and keep colleagues informed.
  8. Consult with everyone about as much as you possibly can.
  9. Listen constantly and ask your colleagues how they'd do things.
  10. When colleagues are not performing well be really hard on the problem not on the people.
It's not rocket science we can continue to build brilliant and release the magic if we simply understand that everyone can do it and the keys are simply persistence, determination and sheer hard work.

1 comment:

Mike Chitty said...


One thing to exhort people to do these things.

Another to teach them a system for doing it and holding them accountable for its effective and disciplined use.