Here is a passionate talk given to a room full of teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education – Atul Gawande.

Since first hearing about Atul Gawande I keep coming across him on the internet. This is the first time I have heard him talking to teachers and was delighted to hear him promoting coaching as a tool to get the best out of children and adults alike.

Atul uses his skill for storytelling to weave a narrative around his message.

Here are some of the quotes that resonated with me:

“I don’t have the answers I only have the statistics.”

“[For teachers and doctors] people’s lives are affected in those slim margins.”

“He had moral clarity about his goals… keeping this child alive until they were old … and he had to find out how to get her to do it for herself.”
Do you see the parallel with teaching?
We want children to by happy, healthy, to love learning, to be successful to be resilient long after they leave our school.

“Details create success”


p.s. If you learnt something from this blog then you might enjoy this one too…

Blog: How do I really matter – Atul Gwande



Why Thank you is the new SorryWhy Thank you is the New Sorry

Have you ever noticed how women say sorry more times than men on average. I find I say, sorry all the time and often expect others to do the same and get disappointed when they don’t.

However, what I’ve also realised is that people don’t need me to say sorry as many times as I do.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve realised that sometimes when I want to say sorry. What I need to say is thank you.

I have a big thing about being on time and, so often, what I perceive as late is not what most people actually perceive as late. To me, late is a minute after the time we were due to meet, or the time I was due to get somewhere.

For instance if you feel like you need to say sorry.

“Sorry, I was late”

“Sorry, I got in the way.

“Sorry I didn’t do what you expected me to do.”

How about trying thank you instead.

“Thank you for waiting for me”,

“Thank you for you patience” and

“Thank you for understanding.”

How many times will you say Thank You today?



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My wish is to help design a future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their wonder and their ability to work together. Sugata Mitra, 2013 Since I first saw Sugata Mitra on TED Talks in 2008 I have been a fan. If you haven’t heard of Sugata and know […]

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2013 Personal Manifesto

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I am so glad I waited until after the euphoria of New Year’s Resolutions to create my 2013 Manifesto. No big surprises, but creating this was a useful reflection on what I wrote down last year, what is still important and how much I achieved in 2012. 2012 was indeed an amazing year and I […]

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A Wonderful Week of Work

February 15, 2013

Who would have thought that putting my children into a holiday club all week would have had such positive outcomes for me and my work? I’ve not afforded myself this luxury since leaving full-time employment 5 years ago (when holiday childcare was a necessity). I guess that was due to a combination of ‘mother guilt’, sense of responsibility and […]

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TED Talk: Will I be happier if I have thinner thighs and shinier hair?

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A few weeks ago I was asked “Are you happier now you are thinner?“. The person asking was expecting me to respond in an resounding “YES!” and initially I did but then I reflected  “Am I really happier?“. I had lost 30lbs, I fit in trousers two sizes lower and I was revelling in my determination […]

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TED Talk: Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

January 22, 2013

I have tried to get to grips with meditation and I even been on a six-week mindfulness course, but never quite seemed to get the hang of it. However, recently I have noticed that my world has become a lot more emotionally rich. I am noticing what ‘is’ rather dwelling in the past, bemoaning what […]

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TED Talk: Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

January 15, 2013

Hands up if you thought the Khan Academy was something to do with the entrepreneur on Dragon’s Den? Me! I now know it is most definitely not. The Khan Academy was created by Salman Khan as a result of a handful of YouTube videos he posted to support the learning of his younger cousins. It […]

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Do your knees go to jelly when presenting to your peers?

January 14, 2013

A few months ago I attended the wedding of a dear friend of mine. And I was excited to discover the best man was a well known business guru and conference speaker who had often impressed me when I had been lucky enough to hear him. Imagine therefore my disappointment when he gave one of […]

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Reflecting on 2012

December 30, 2012

I’m starting to bring together my ideas for my 2013 Personal Manifesto. This time last year I put together the manifesto below and have regularly checked in with it. 2012 was indeed an amazing year for me, my family and my business! Roll on 2013…

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