islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning


Creating Cultures of JOY and Performance.

A keynote reflection on the generative power of alignment in our lives and work.

Whether you are leading a school, a class or simply trying to lead a life of purpose and contribution-the boundless complexity of our times poses significant challenge. Setting yourself in joyful, balanced response to this challenge is critical because everything depends on how you are.

High-performing individuals and teams are distinguished by the ability to meet their professional challenges with skill and artistry. Put simply, they know what matters and they get what matters done. This is a strong and rightly admired capacity.

But the cost of high performance in one critical arena is too often a dereliction in another. Many professionals feel increasingly outpaced by the demands of their work. When professional expectation acts as the consistent adversary of personal balance, something has to give.

It doesn't have to be this way. Among us there are already people and places that seem to march to a different drum. We will consider what marks these people and places out and what each one of us can do to become figures of hope in our own cultural domains.

Drawing on a rich blend of personal story and insights from the fields of business, elite sports and education this keynote will make a case for the re-humanisation of the workplace through behaviours at all levels that are wise and generative and practical.