Influencing Your Senior Leadership Team


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  • Influencing Your Senior Leadership Team

    1. 1. Creating Ripples…Making Waves How to Influence your Senior Leadership Team Anne Robinson, MA MA SLA School Librarian of the Year 2005 Librarian, The Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth
    2. 2. A Pebble James W. Foley (1847-1939) Drop a pebble in the water: Just a splash, and its gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples Circling on and on, Spreading, spreading from the centre Flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling Where the end is going to be.   Drop a pebble in the water: In a minute you forget, But here's little waves a flowing, And there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a flowing To a great big wave have grown; You've disturbed a mighty river Just by dropping in a stone. Feuillu on Flickr
    3. 3. <ul><li>Day 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Breakfast: A CRAPULENCE of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote 6: A SILENCE of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop 7: A BILIOUSNESS of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Morning Tea: A QUEAZE of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Display Continues: A MEANDER of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote 7: A PRESENCE of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop 8: An ENDURANCE of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Plenary/Evaluation: A TENACITY of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Annual General Meeting: A RESIDUE of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Optional Lunch: An ABSENCE of librarians </li></ul>Collective Nouns for Librarians: The Conference Mutation Process
    4. 4. <ul><li>Day 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Arrival: An EXCITEMENT of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Registration: An ANTICIPATION of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote Address: A REFLECTION of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>First Workshop: A DEVELOPMENT of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Morning Tea: A CHATTER of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Display: A FRENZY of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote 2: A CONSIDERATION of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop 2: A RENEWAL of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch: A LINKAGE of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop 3: An ANIMATION of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Optional Tour: An AMUSEMENT of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Formal Dinner: A GLAMOUR of librarians </li></ul>Collective Nouns for Librarians: The Conference Mutation Process Credaro,A.B.(2002). Collective Nouns for Librarians Part 2: The Conference Mutation Process. Warrior Librarian Weekly [online] [Accessed: 27/03/06]
    5. 5. From “Librain” to FLIRT to Librarian and back again! 6 School Library Posts SLA School Librarian of the Year 2005 FLIRT Leader! Learning Resources & Information Services Manager Now - Librarian at the Dixie Grammar School 10 Headteachers!
    6. 6. The Dixie Grammar School
    7. 7. Session aims To understand the importance of influencing school leaders WHY?
    8. 8. Session aims To understand the needs of your senior management team WHAT?
    9. 9. Session aims To suggest strategies to increase your influence HOW?
    10. 10. … we need to be clear… … what we want! But first of all…
    11. 11. … or money? Autonomy? Recognition? Celebrity?
    12. 12. Why try? Increased self-esteem Increased job security
    13. 13. Why try? Improved pay and status Increased job satisfaction
    14. 14. Vision for the Library
    15. 15. Reading Development Extending the Curriculum Impact on achievement School Asset Personal Development Information Literacy
    16. 16. Present situation What is happening now?
    17. 18. Does it seem that School Leaders do not appreciate our work? WHY?
    18. 19. The “Invisible School Librarian” exists, in part, due to ignorance and a “failure to communicate .” Tapping your influential potential:  building influence with teachers and administrators   PSLA Professional Development Workshop, 2001
    19. 20. <ul><li>“ Why don’t teachers and administrators rally to support librarians? Even worse, why are they often the ones who, in fact, get behind library cuts ?” </li></ul>
    20. 21. “ Many, perhaps most of them, do not understand the value and educational potential of libraries and librarians…” “ Mostly, it’s just a matter of indifference – and people regard as expendable those things about which they are indifferent.” Gary Hartzell 1997 Simple answers…
    21. 22. So… why are some school managers indifferent to libraries?
    22. 23. Some thoughts… Head teachers and teachers in general receive very little training about school libraries Some teachers may make little or no use of Libraries for professional or personal purposes How many teachers went to schools with poor libraries?
    23. 24. Maybe like this…
    24. 25. Jennerally on Flickr
    25. 26. But probably more like this?
    26. 28. What was their librarian like?
    27. 29. Acting against? Image Lack of confidence Invisible Not “teachers” Belief systems – books outdated Library as “add-on” Not part of large department
    28. 30. Session aims To understand the needs of your senior management team WHAT?
    29. 31. <ul><li>“ The principal’s success and reputation is based on student achievement, the quality of the school climate, and the community’s perception of the school.” </li></ul>Tapping your influential potential:  building influence with teachers and administrators   PSLA Professional Development Workshop, 2001
    30. 32. basegreen Improving transition? Better exam results? Raising achievement? Improving literacy? Working with their agenda Self-evaluation for inspections?
    31. 33. Session aims To suggest strategies to increase your influence HOW?
    32. 34. Contribution of the library to teaching and learning Information Literacy Independent learners Reading Raising achievement Exploration & extension Social & leadership skills High Quality Use of LRC
    33. 35. <ul><li>So where do we start? </li></ul>
    34. 36. tarotastic First impressions count Interview Image First meeting/visit Induction
    35. 37. Find out what the main challenges / issues are for your school Keep up-to-date with developments in education nationally and locally Then – seek out information helpful to the head’s agenda: Recent research findings Educational resources Other information that addresses the emerging issues in your school Head teacher 1
    36. 39. tanakawho Head teacher 2 Solutions to problems Support school initiatives and policies Contribute to meetings/INSET Shared ethos and vision Positive attitude - “can do” Research-based evidence Personal commitment
    37. 40. Head teacher 3 Examples of higher level skills Get out from behind the desk! High quality communication Tie in with school policies Use positive OfSTED comments
    38. 41. Impact on teaching and learning! Yuan2003
    39. 42. Line Manager Advocate and mentor Leadership style Find out their interests Regular meetings Suggestions for agenda Sounding board Manage your Manager!
    40. 43. Strategic not the trivial
    41. 44. The whole of SMT Sounding board Mentors Advocates
    42. 45. What has worked for me! <ul><li>Deputy Head as line manager </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of written reporting and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance and contribution at meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Positive and proactive attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Positive feedback to head! </li></ul>
    43. 46. Examples of effective communication
    44. 47. Written
    45. 48. <ul><li>Contribute to school SEF </li></ul>High quality monitoring and evaluation: Annual report with summaries Financial plan and report Termly updates for governors Information for line-managers Self-evaluation package for library
    46. 52. Meetings & INSET
    47. 53. <ul><li>Invite yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Check agendas/plans </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sound out” before </li></ul><ul><li>Find out best approach </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute positively </li></ul><ul><li>Build allies </li></ul><ul><li>Work beyond the comfort zone </li></ul>Tochis
    48. 54. Impact on raising achievement Heads hate problems – love solutions Outline problem in 2 or 3 sentences Back up with evidence Demonstrate implications in terms of: Health & safety School finances Law – e.g. employment laws
    49. 55. Seize the moment!
    50. 56. sea bass Opportunities Timing Positive language Support initiatives Network Head’s concerns Head’s PA
    51. 57. “ The secret is getting in early. You want to get in when it’s a ripple, before the wave hits. Then you ride the wave” David Marcus
    52. 58. The Librain