The importance of WHY
I have previously read Sinek’s books about finding your Why. So I was unsuprised to see the starting point of the course.
For those that don’t know Sinek’s argument in a nutshell:
- Most companies explain what they do really well, may explain how they do it but don’t mention the WHY.
- Companies that do it different include Apple, who say
- Everything we do is about challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently
- The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed and easy to use
- And we happen to make great computers. Want to buy one
A story told of Chrisophe Wren talking to two stonemasons. When asked what thhey were doing. One said “shaping stones” the other said building God’s house, a cathedral. Guess who works better?
As a school we develped this when I arrived and we share it with all new staff and come back to it regularly.
- We believe that education is the key to a successful and fulfilled life
- We believe that success is determined by effort and character
- We believe that education is more than exams. It is about the character and skills to be a curious and internationally minded citizen who loves learning and wants to improve the world
- We believe that a great school changes lives
- A focus on effort, practice and mindset as the key to being successful
- A focus on overcoming challenges and barriers rather than excepting poor performance
- No Islands: Education is a community effort. We want to build partnerships with parents, other schools and the local community to deliver an excellent education to every child
- A school where all (staff and students) are:
- supported to be the best that they can be
- stretched and challenged so that they thrive
- A school where all students:
- achieve the examination results to go on to university or apprenticeships
- learn character, resilience and curiosity