I love wearing a mask you can:
* chew with your mouth open;
* yawn without appearing rude…
— Paul Browning (@PaulDBrowning) August 12, 2021
Paul Browning talks with Steve Austin about trust, leadership and his book Principled. Really enjoyed the discussion about service and trust:
leadership is about service, it’s about giving of yourself to empower others to be remarkable people, so supporting them to become people that they were designed to be.
Asked about the decision to apologise for absuse that occured at St. Pauls long before his time, Browning explains that:
When you look at leadership through the lens of service you’re actually taking on responsibility for the organization, for the community of people and its history … you have to own that.
Browning is asked about whether truth or trust comes first:
If I genuinely listen to you and walk in your shoes then I actually might end up changing my view of the world … Trust is the key
Panellists: Dr Paul Browning Margaret Barr In this ‘Curious Conversation’, Paul and Margaret will first share their background and experiences, and then disc…
I really enjoyed this. Not only did it provide a useful provocation in regards to the question of trust, but it was also a good introduction to Browning’s book. I was also intrigued by the differences and similarities between relational and organisational trust.
Thank you for the tip Andrea. Trust feels as important now as ever. This quote from Browning’s book really stood out to me.
With time we all become more experienced, but a critical event waits for no-one. It is sometimes best to prepare for the worst and then be pleasantly surprised by the reality. Instead of a flash of panic, you will be more controlled if you have a plan to tackle the difficulty.
Unpacking appreciation in Principled, Paul Browning talks about recognising everyone who works within the school space.
From the cleaners who come in at night to the Chair of the Board, everyone plays a role and needs to know that they are on the same team and their effort makes a difference.
I remember participating in a school-wide PLC program many years ago where we met once a term. In my group, we had the business manager, the cleaner, the music teacher and the head of the English department. Although the process had its challenges, the intent to recognise everyone’s voice when unpacking school matters was clear.
Another great resource on trust and education is Paul Browning’s work on leadership. Here is a video summary of his ideas:
If you are a newly appointed leader here are a six tips to help you wrestle the invisible beast:
- Spend time listening, seeking to understand the prevailing culture, “the way things are done around here”.
- Be a questionable person. Identify the things you don’t agree with in the culture and have the courage to lead a life that is in opposition to those things.
- Identify the crusaders, the nay-sayers and the influencers.
- Take care not to get sucked into the prevailing culture, it is very powerful and you will be subsumed into it if you don’t have the courage, or strength to resist.
- Develop strategies to change those aspects of the culture you don’t agree with, strategies to develop new norms.
- Once a new strategy or norm is established, commit.
The secret to fostering creativity lies in our approach to teaching. We have to stop trying to control the outcome.