No danger of Groundhog Days!

Do not adjust your sets...

...it's not Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day

It is the same clip I used last week. Deliberately.

Because the lessons about high performance - and continuous improvement - to be learned from the All Blacks aren't just relevant to students preparing for exams...


James Kerr Legacy

James Kerr's reflections on the characteristics of their success culture in 'Legacy'  opens with a compelling case for why the willingness to adapt and a cultural commitment to organisational change, whatever the perceived and actual success of the current model, is central to the team's constantly improving performance from its already stratospheric starting point in 2003 as the best team in the world.

Go for the gap: When you are on top of your game, change your game

I suppose its the sporting performance equivalent of Charles Handy's concept of the Sigmoid Curve in business where the most successful companies reinvent their product as near to the top of its present 'life cycle' as can be predicted; before the peak when the product loses its popularity or becomes outdated and things start going downhill. We know some of those that haven't...

Kodak Film
Sigmoid Curve

With the vision and courage to start a new cycle of a revised or new product before the peak, you have energy, time and resources to effect deep and transformational change as your company continuously moves forward - and upward!

Of course, a cultural commitment to change has to be accompanied by a clear rationale and process for its delivery. Kerr points out that in the case of the All Blacks, as with any process of effective organisational change, there are fours stages:

  • A Case for Change
  • A Compelling Picture of the Future
  • A Sustained Capability to Change
  • A Credible Plan to Execute

In the All Blacks case, translated as...

  • By 2003 the formerly all-conquering team had plateaued  
  • Winning the World Cup again
  • Creation of a Leadership Team of brilliant coaches and young players with a talismanic captain
  • A game by game, series by series, season by season, year by year delivery plan

At the beginning of the week, we received our Ofsted Report. It's brilliant. And, as I have written to parents...

...the Report represents a wonderful reflection of all that we achieve together as a very special learning community; a community of which we can all be very proud:

You can read the report here >>>

As we now look forward rather than back on all that the report represents terms of prior achievements, much resonates with the All Black approach to continuous change and improvement and performance.

Like the All Blacks, we not satisfied with standing still.

We are hungry for even better, and energised and curious and about how to achieve it.

That's why I am so excited by our widening and deepening partnership with Planet K2...

Last year in 'what a performance!' I blogged about how colleagues have begun to work with students and departments to identify and develop the characteristics of high performance within subjects and in relation to preparation for examinations - the ultimate academic competition for young people...

We are now extending this approach to support and ensure our 'sustained capability' to drill down into  - and deliver - high performance right across our staff teams and the whole school community...

Performance Pie Chart

To horribly misquote, the proof of the pie will be in the performance...

It's a compelling vision on which there's no going back. However good they've been, there's certainly no danger of Groundhog Days here...!