Wednesday, 13 June 2007

How vibrant is your workplace?

Miguel (Around the Corner) and Scott (Dangerously Irrelevant) have both been talking a lot lately about CHANGE.

A book that Scott has recommended and Miguel has just purchased looks like an interesting one for analysing and reflecting upon YOUR situation in your workplace.

Apparently, the strength of a workplace can be narrowed down to twelve questions that measure the core elements needed to attract, focus, and keep the most talented employees.

When you look through these questions, ask yourself, how would I respond to these?
Scott also asks the question:
How strong and vibrant is the workplace that we create for most educators?

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Now for a revealing moment for me... I can honestly say that my current workplace meets 11 out of 12 of those aspects ... and I feel very privileged for that! It is also very confirming for me considering the permanent change in schools/workplaces that I made at the beginning of 2007... especially when I would say my previous job honestly only fulfilled 7 of those aspects.

On a further note, a comment in Scott's blog the first time he mentioned this book in 2006 noted:
"As I read this list I wasn't thinking of myself. I was thinking of our students..."
So we could also apply this criteria to our students:
Do we give our students the opportunities to do what they do best everyday??


  1. Rachel,
    Just wanted to share that I am linking to you on my new blog.
    Thank you, for everything you have taught me on YOUR blog!

  2. I was once given that list at a professional development in-service and immedietly realized the school only met 2 of the 12. I transfered a few months later.

    I LOVE the idea of using the list to reflect on our class community. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Organised Chaos!

    Meeting 2 out of those 12 criteria is pretty sad huh! You'll be glad you got out of that place!

    I just chucked those up there as I thought they were pretty interesting, guaranteed not to be 100% perfectly correct; but interesting that you came across those in PD!

    Cheers, Rachel

  4. You could have a look at what 73 year ols can contribute Rachel at - and without a Mac too!


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