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Everything rests on leadership. Each fortnight on PiXL’s Leadership Bookclub, Rachel Johnson, PiXL Lead, will be joined by two school leaders to discuss one non-educational leadership book that can change the way we think, teach, and lead. Reflecting, they talk about the lessons they have learned about their own leadership, and the result is honest, candid conversation, with practical takeaways for all educators. PiXL is a partnership of 3,000 schools and colleges spanning KS1-5, focusing on equipping leaders and teachers to bring a better future and brighter hope to young people. Learn more at www.pixl.org.uk.

Everything rests on leadership. Each fortnight on PiXL’s Leadership Bookclub, Rachel Johnson, PiXL Lead, will be joined by two school leaders to discuss one non-educational leadership book that can change the way we think, teach, and lead. Reflecting, they talk about the lessons they have learned about their own leadership, and the result is honest, candid conversation, with practical takeaways for all educators. PiXL is a partnership of 3,000 schools and colleges spanning KS1-5, focusing on equipping leaders and teachers to bring a better future and brighter hope to young people. Learn more at www.pixl.org.uk.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Everything rests on leadership. Each fortnight on PiXL’s Leadership Bookclub, Rachel Johnson, PiXL Lead, will be joined by two school leaders to discuss one non-educational leadership book that can change the way we think, teach, and lead. Reflecting, they talk about the lessons they have learned about their own leadership, and the result is honest, candid conversation, with practical takeaways for all educators. PiXL is a partnership of 3,000 schools and colleges spanning KS1-5, focusing on equipping leaders and teachers to bring a better future and brighter hope to young people. Learn more at www.pixl.org.uk.

Twitter:

@pixlclub

Language:

English


Episodes

Good To Great

9/1/2020
In this final episode of the season, things are a bit different. Rachel Johnson is joined by guest, Adrian Kneeshaw CEO of the Carlton Academy Trust Good To Great focuses on the gap between the organisations that do well and the organisations that become outstanding in their field. Rachel and Adrian speak about this in the context of schools. This podcast will get you thinking about how you could take the leap from good to great in your school. PiXL is a partnership of 3,000 schools and...

Duration:00:40:53

Drive

8/18/2020
In this episode, Rachel Johnson is joined by two school leaders; Jess Leonard of Walton Academy and Marcus Shepherd of Wells Academy, to discuss ‘Drive' by Daniel Pink. The premise of the book is that rather than being driven by external rewards, we are truly motivated by intrinsic rewards - to have autonomy, purpose, and mastery in our lives. Talking about the book’s tenets in the context of schools, this podcast will get you considering the role of motivation in your own context - be it...

Duration:00:50:25

Rebel Ideas

8/4/2020
The PiXL Leadership Bookclub makes a return this week, with Rachel Johnson speaking virtually with school leaders Sonette Schwartz and Hamira Shah. The trio discuss their key takeaways from Matthew Syed’s book 'Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking’, applying them to a school setting. Could your team be collectively blind, operating in an echo chamber of validation? Where do the best ideas come from – and are you harnessing the power of cognitive diversity to tease them out? PiXL is a...

Duration:00:53:59

Dare To Lead

7/7/2020
Brené Brown’s book ‘Dare to Lead’ holds the central tenet that when we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. In this episode, Rachel Johnson, Nav Sanghara and Aziza Ajak exemplify this leadership approach: they explore vulnerability, perfectionism, self-compassion and fear of failure in this ‘whole-hearted’ and open discussion that we hope will allow you to reflect on your own leadership style. PiXL is a partnership of 3,000...

Duration:00:42:02

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

6/23/2020
In this episode, Rachel Johnson, Lindsay Skinner, and Joe Sparks gather together to share the insights they gleaned from Patrick Lencioni’s 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team'. They wrestle with the book, the ideas in it, and what it’s meant for them and examples of how they have handled ‘dysfunctions’ in teams. PiXL is a partnership of 3,000 schools and colleges spanning KS1-5, focusing on equipping leaders and teachers to bring a better future and brighter hope to young people. Learn more...

Duration:00:39:58

The Barcelona Way

6/9/2020
In this episode, Chris Edwards and Matt Burton join Rachel Johnson to explore the ideas in Damian Hughes’ book 'The Barcelona Way'. Although it's the backdrop, this is not about football! It is about high performing teams, which we find in schools across the country. Such teams aren't made overnight, nor are they made by accident, but are created by 'cultural architects', who are clear role models of the desired values, and relentless in their determination to celebrate all expressions of...

Duration:00:37:37

Turn The Ship Around

5/26/2020
In this episode, Rachel Johnson is joined by school leaders Colette Firth and Patrick Cozier to discuss David Marquet’s book, ‘Turn The Ship Around’. Reflecting on their own experiences in leadership, the trio discusses how they have turned their own leadership situations around, how they have tried to get the best from others, and how they decided the kind of leader they wanted to be. They explore the challenges and opportunities that come with leading others. PiXL is a partnership of...

Duration:00:42:22

The Infinite Game

5/12/2020
In this episode, Rachel Johnson is joined by school leaders Dominique Gobbi and James Heale to discuss Simon Sinek’s book, 'The Infinite Game'. Reflecting on their own experiences in leadership, the trio discuss Sinek’s view of an ‘infinite mindset’ and how it could lead to stronger and more progressive school environments. They draw on the importance of collaboration, the notion of ‘worthy rivals’ rather than competitors, and the fallacy of focusing just on performance outcomes as a...

Duration:00:40:25

Happy endings

5/3/2020
In this podcast, Sir John Rowling expresses his passion for making a difference and supporting every child. He describes a moral tension across many education establishments about the imperative of being inclusive and nurturing those classified as ‘disenfranchised’. This may be even more important now than ever. One of the great things about education is that we can work with people to bring about great transformations, and ultimately, lead them towards happy endings. Subscribe now to...

Duration:00:08:58

Don't tell people how

4/19/2020
What is the difference between feeling empowered or instructed in your work? Sir John Rowling shares his thoughts about why the difference is vitally important in this episode of PiXL Pearls. As we all change how we work, you will be leading various changes in the teams you lead, as well as asking others to do the same. As your teams navigate these uncharted waters, are you allowing them autonomy, direction and support in their work? Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your...

Duration:00:12:36

Life of Contrast

4/5/2020
In this episode, Sir John Rowling speaks of the 'highs and lows' we all experience in education, and how we must take them in our stride. Handling the highs and lows and managing yourself is a great quality in successful leadership. This is not an advocacy for stoicism but rather balance, says Sir John, in order to exercise true leadership and help bring others through the ups and downs Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically. PiXL Pearls is a We Are In...

Duration:00:09:51

Best of me, best of we

3/22/2020
There are a few characteristics that many successful organisations share and they are very applicable to our schools. Some of these characteristics are how individuals feel about their work but the other ones are about how we relate to the whole organisation. How do we get the best out of each of us and all of us? Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically. PiXL Pearls is a We Are In Beta production. PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a partnership of over...

Duration:00:10:30

Trailer

3/13/2020
This show is about school leaders reading non-education books and learning lessons that we can apply to our school leadership. Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically. PiXL Leadership Bookclub is a We Are In Beta production. PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a partnership of over 1,600 secondary schools, 500 sixth forms, 830 primary schools and 75 providers of alternative education. Through our support for schools together we share best practice to...

Duration:00:01:36

Love yourself

3/8/2020
When we love ourselves appropriately we can love others. When we love ourselves appropriately we can recognise our strengths in a way that allows us to use them for good, bring the best out in others and be at ease with ourselves. Selfishness happens when we love ourselves inappropriately, when we think we are better than others and this is dangerous. So we must learn to love ourselves appropriately so we can give our best. Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone...

Duration:00:09:22

What counts

2/23/2020
We only have a certain amount of time and energy. So we are well advised to use them well. Einstein reckoned not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts. This Pearl has some ideas about the things that really matter. Each of us works this out for ourselves to make a real difference. In a world where plenty of others tell us what should be measured - because it counts- the best leaders reflect on what they believe counts and focus time and energy...

Duration:00:10:21

On the basis of professionalism

2/9/2020
What does professionalism mean to you? This Pearl explores what it means to inspirational professionals such as Sir Michael Caine, whose long and successful career provides much food for thought and encouragement, and how being the best version of ourselves could lead to a powerful difference right now. Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically. PiXL Pearls is a We Are In Beta production. PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a partnership of over 1,600...

Duration:00:13:58

How do you measure yourself?

1/26/2020
What we measure, informs a lot of our decisions and that’s why it’s so important to measure the right things. So how do you measure yourself? I aim to measure myself by those who measure themselves by me. This Pearl will share some thoughts on how to know if people measure themselves by you. Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically. PiXL Pearls is a We Are In Beta production. PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a partnership of over 1,600 secondary...

Duration:00:10:05

What are your leadership meetings like?

1/12/2020
Every week, sometimes more than once, we have team meetings. What are they like? How do you feel about them? Do you go with excited anticipation or some kind of dread? Here are five ideas that one very famous leader developed with his leadership team that give cause for reflective thought. Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically. PiXL Pearls is a We Are In Beta production. PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a partnership of over 1,600 secondary schools,...

Duration:00:13:54

Human-ocracy

12/29/2019
When we go to any work there has to be a level of bureaucracy, and quite right too. The danger lies in over-bureaucracy and much recent scholarship has focused on keeping it in its place. This Pearl explores some of the dangers of over-emphasis and considers the powers of humanocracy to release, energise and inspire the people who can make our organisations great. What we need is life, dynamism and vitality. Is this the way? Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone...

Duration:00:09:40

Two key questions

12/15/2019
All of us want our time in our organisation to be successful, and why wouldn’t we? You have a huge influence and your contribution is likely to be the greater if you have good answers to two key questions. These questions are relevant to all leadership in all sectors of life, indeed to life itself. This Pearl explores the questions and looks at some of the answers. Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically. PiXL Pearls is a We Are In Beta...

Duration:00:11:01