Articles from Chris Thomson

What prevents college principals from achieving educational provision of the highest quality?

How to put out fires with… strategy  What prevents college principals from achieving educational provision of the highest quality? This doesn’t have to be a question you idly wonder about like the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. You can actually ask, and I did.

No college needs a scary boss: Purpose, not personality, is the key to success

When I was contemplating applying to become a college principal I was haunted by the kind of person I thought I needed to be: “Strong-willed, quick-tempered, irritable, irascible, impatient, goal-orientated”.

How Can Buddhism Improve Organisational Processes?

I well remember a seminar in which I, along with other college principals, was introduced to the European Foundation for Quality Management Excellence Model. The seminar had been really very jolly until this slide came up:

Spelling out why mistakes matter: Should they be punished or welcomed?

When I was ten years old my teacher Mrs Castle made me write the word ‘beautiful’ two hundred times because I had spelt it - once only - as ‘beautifull’.

If a college took its own marketing seriously what would it look like?

“We’ll develop your potential!”....really? I had a go at googling ‘college’ and ‘potential’ recently but had to give up.

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