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The key is to move in very small steps…

The Observer today (4 September 2011) asks How do we make our schools fit to face the 21st century? This is a massive question, then broken down into sub-set questions; and once again we learn the expert view is that the answer is, ‘incrementally’.    How, asks Yvonne Roberts, can more schools to be imaginative, and teachers ‘liberated’.   What’s the key to this sort of change?

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Small print can scupper (what should be) small conversations

I use the inter-city rail service often, and generally it’s okay; but there is one snag in the way it operates which many travellers will confirm causes ill-will and chaos. This is that the ticket / receipt of payment to travel, and the required seat reservation which goes with it, are usually printed on separate ‘business card’ sized tickets.

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Politicking, or simply positioning?

Real-life examplesOne of the silliest comments I heard about the recent Budget was that the (Labour administration) Chancellor was indulging in ‘blatant politicking’.

Putting aside the obvious truth that the Chancellor is about to face a general election, and therefore unlikely to propose many ideas which will be universally unpopular (that would amount to crass unprofessionalism, in his calling), surely he would see his Budget proposals as simple positioning, to address the concerns of those who in his view need or would welcome his support?

Is it really ‘politicking’, say, to make proposals to enable middle-low income people more easily to buy their first home? Or, as I think, a straightforward statement of strategy to demonstrate that there is a way to resolve some of the problems which such people face?

Isn’t this strategy – identifying the issues which affect different people and then seeking to resolve them – how all decent managers (and other leaders) of organisations try to cope with the issues which they must address?

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