This is the text of the opening address I gave in place of Stephen Morales at the final NASBM Annual Conference (NASBM becomes the Institute of School Business Leadership tomorrow). It has had minor edits to make it suitable for reading but is 98% ‘as delivered’. The slides appear in the text at the …Continue reading "Professional Prominence: opening address from the last NASBM conference"
Earlier today, NASBM issued an update concerning the status of apprenticeships for school business professionals (SBP) The text of that update is produced below. I hope you will take the time to read it. At first glance it might seem a little dry but it contains some important points. On the plus side, there will …Continue reading "Apprenticeships for SBLs – good or bad?"
The National Association of School Business Management has announced the list of new membership grades which will apply when it converts to the Institute of School Business Leadership at the end of November. The new institute, which will quickly become known as the ISBL, will have five professional membership grades when it launches. Existing full NASBM …Continue reading "Professional Membership Grades Revealed"
A while back, I created an image of a medal that echoed the New Year Honours and tagged folks on Twitter I thought should be recognised for the support they have given the school business leadership profession. We had a bit of fun and, via the medium of Twitter l, got to say thank you …Continue reading "Oscars for school business management"
Election Outcome What a week it’s been. We now have a minority Conservative government which will need alliances and compromises to achieve a working majority. It looks like the Democratic Unionist Party have the whip hand in these negotiations for the time being. Inevitably this will temper some of the policies and plans the Conservatives …Continue reading "SBM Roundtable and election reflections"
An accidental discovery this weekend led me to a number of articles about the impact of the ‘authority gradient’ in high stress, high stakes situations in both medicine and the airline industry. The authority gradient is defined as the perceived difference in status between different members of an organisation. It is a barrier to effective communication …Continue reading "Malpractice and the Authority Gradient"
NASBM has confirmed the timeline for its conversion to the institute status and has announced that the new Institute of School Business Leadership will open its doors on the 20th November 2017. Conversion to Institute status is the latest development for the school business leadership profession and is designed to promote and further professionalise the …Continue reading "Launch date announced for the Institute of School Business Leadership"
In Trafalgar Square there are four stone plinths for statues but only three of them are permanently occupied. The fourth ’empty’ plinth has become famous for being incomplete; it stands unfinished in one corner of the square with a tangible air of absence. A debate rages over whether to continue the tradition of temporary art installations or to …Continue reading "NASBM’s conversion to Institute status completes the ‘fourth plinth’ for school business leadership"
It’s time to celebrate the concept of public service and to encourage our some of our brightest and best graduates to serve in the wider public sector beyond Whitehall and the Civil Service Fast Track programme. I want to see able young men and women follow me into school business leadership. But administrative careers are …Continue reading "Serve First (an SBM equivalent of Teach First)"
I was listening to a programme on Radio 4 this morning in which various actors and sports stars talked about their rituals and rites for preparing to perform. The programme highlighted their increased focus as the music to settle the audience starts, their mental rehearsal of their opening line, their deep breathing in preparation for the first play …Continue reading "Getting ready – the ritual of preparation"