There's a certain balance between 'head' and 'heart' that each of us adopts as a source of inspiration in life. Sometimes the balance point moves a little this way, sometimes it moves a little that way, and it often returns to the point that feels right for us.
As an idealist and a dreamer, I find that my balance point is more towards my 'heart' than my 'head', I focus on 'what could be' more than 'what is'.
Most of the head teachers that I have spoken to have their balance point more towards their 'head' than their 'heart'. They include the rules and regulations that come with representing a large organisation.
You can see where this blogpost is heading can't you? In order to meet the headteachers I have to speak more from my head than usual. There's no point talking about what could be, without including a measure of what already is. Having noticed that, I design my first meetings with headteachers to include these questions.
We are involved with a change process...
What is the most desirable outcome?
What does that mean to you? (Why is it important?)0
What is in the current environment that is in the way of that outcome?
What is in the current environment that supports the outcome?
What already exists in the environment that could support the outcome even more?
What could we do to enhance that?