Leading in Uncertain Times Webinar

Springboard Trust brings together leaders from across Aotearoa to strengthen leadership so our tamariki mokopuna thrive.  undefined We are proud to share our Leading in Uncertain Times webinar featuring Billie-Jean Potaka-Ayton (Tumuaki of Kaiti School in Te Tairāwhiti) and Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM (Futurist and Professional Director). Watch and hear these amazing leaders share their experience in leading in uncertain times. Scroll down below the video for some key messages from the session and presenter slide decks.Key messages from Billie-Jean Potaka-Ayton on leading in uncertain times:  “Prepare your kura for the season ahead and respond to the lessons learned from the previous year.”  Mahia te mahi – just get on with it. Don’t dwell on what has happened, there is work to be done. Move forward and create that sense of normal in our kura.   Ki tātou, ko kaiti – the solutions are here with us.  Whakawhanaungatanga – connection to people and place. Engage positively and actively with all members of your community. People need to feel connected in order to thrive.   Kei konei au! – I am here. Be present and visible.  Koronga – have purpose. Have purpose and a plan to achieve it. Prioritise and take action.   Whakaohooho – be motivated. Mauri tū, mauri ora – an active soul is a healthy soul.  Mahitahi – collaboration. Grow the leaders in your school and collaborate with your community.  Tiro whakamua – look ahead.   Miharo – wonder. When times are hard, remember to look beyond what you see immediately in front of you. undefined Whakatauki from Mauri ora – Alsop and Kupenga Key messages from Melissa Clark-Reynolds on leading in uncertain times:  “Who do I need to be for my preferred future to come about?”  There are always messages from the future in the present.  The people that know the most about a topic are the worst at predicting the future of that topic.   People create futures in collectives – they don’t do it as individuals.  We need to consider different orientations of time and how we bring each into play.   In te ao pakeha we are looking at the back of our children’s heads as they walk into the future.   In te ao Māori we walk backwards into the future – we are looking at the faces of our tīpuna.  We need the weight of history, the pull of the present and the pull of the future for change to happen. There isn’t any one element that is better than another.  Consider mindtraps (Jennifer Garvey Berger) – where we fall into repeated thinking that stops us from being able to thrive in complexity. Mindtraps are part of the human condition. We could mitigate the risks of these traps by asking some different questions:  Simple Stories: What other stories might provide insight? Can we imagine alternate futures and a multiplicity of solutions?  Rightness: Listening to Learn. What do I believe and where might I be wrong?  Agreement: Disagree to expand solution set, deepen relationship through conflict.  Control: Enable others. Experiment at the edges.  Ego: Who do I need to become in order to solve this? Where is our next development edge? undefined

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