The way you can measure a society's soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 66- 25th October 2008

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Lessons from a Business Coach

I was reading Barbara Anderson's newsletter recently, in which she outlined tips for managing and keeping staff. When I read through the list, I thought these principles apply to people in any profession, including teachers, not just business people. They can also apply to how we relate to children, empowering them so they feel good about themselves. An extract from Barbara's newsletter follows -

  • Acknowledgement - catch people doing things right - and let them know. Have appropriate rewards system.
  • Giving feedback on areas for improvement - people do want to know how they are doing.
  • Ask them - what they think; how things could be better (especially generation Y).
  • Be Interested in your people - in their lives outside work.
  • Show Respect.
  • Flexibility - eg. flexible working hours.
  • Train and develop your people ongoingly.
  • Don't micro-manage - trust your people to do a great job.
  • Be available - open door policy as appropriate.
  • Treat your customers/clients as guests to your business (especially in hospitality).
  • Salary and Performance Reviews - keep up to date.
  • Triple bottom line - net profit; caring for people, impact on society.
  • Have Fun!

Barbara's newsletter goes on to focussing on your strengths. Here's what she says, in part '

'Individual strengths allow us to overcome personal hurdles, thrive in relationships and gain meaning from our work and play. When using the language of positive psychology people are able to think of themselves in terms of their strengths rather than weaknesses, concentrate on what they have rather than what they do not have and focus on their abilities instead of inabilities. Talking about strengths creates opportunities for people to revel in what is right with them, not dwell on what is wrong with them.

Conversations about strengths can move people forward, encourage the polishing of good memories and provide hope for those who may be stuck or confused about where they are in life. To get the most out of exploring strengths it is beneficial for people to be able to share their strengths with someone else. Sharing reminds and reaffirms understanding of strengths. It is very rare that people are given an opportunity to talk about themselves in such a positive way.'

Just imagine if the staff were encouraged to discuss their strengths and use those for the good of the school community? And just imagine if this atmosphere then related to empowering the children through the same methods? I have seen this. It can happen. If this is the atmosphere in your school or workplace, give yourself a pat on the back and be grateful.

Thank you to Barbara Anderson for her timely newsletter and relevant tips.

(Shire Coaching & Training Newsletter  http://www.shirecoachingtraining.com.au)

Quotes of the Week

It's not the change that matters, but how you react to the change that will count for or against you. Author ' Ben Thorpe

The greatest legacy you can leave your children are happy memories. unknown

At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done ' then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.   Frances H. Burnett.

Entertainment  

Kids Are Quick

TEACHER:  Jennifer, go to the map and find North America.
Jennifer:    Here it is.
TEACHER:  Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
CLASS:      Jennifer.

TEACHER:  Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
WINNIE:     Me! 

Feedback

It was very relaxing and practical. I learnt how useful it is to stretch properly. It was all good! Duncan McBain, ECCPA Conference Melbourne 2008

I found types of music to use to relax the classroom. It was very relaxing. A great session! Thank you!   Theodore Tsao, ECCPA Conference Melbourne 2008 

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her 'Kidz-Fiz-Biz' program.
Kidz-Fiz-Biz
PO Box 6894, East Perth WA 6892, Australia
T: +61 8 9325 1204 M: +61 (0) 410 64 2781 E: info@kidzfizbiz.com

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Marlene Rattigan, Editor
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