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Positively Leading

With Dr. Sarah Howling

We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional growth, but sometimes it can be challenging to receive. This is especially the case if you didn’t ask for it, don’t want it, and you don’t agree with it!  In this episode (the third in a series of four on feedback) we explore how […]

Ep 19: How to get better at receiving feedback


As humans, we crave feedback because we want to learn and grow.  But let’s face it, feedback often sucks, and stats from Gallup show that less than one in five managers think they’re effective at giving feedback! Let’s change that!  This episode’s for you if you’ve ever felt tongue-tied or uncomfortable giving feedback or perhaps […]

Ep 18: How to have powerful, positive, and productive feedback conversations


Feedback. It’s the lifeblood of learning and growth. It’s a gift. And yet more often than not, it feels anything but and we’d happily return the gift for a refund! Today’s episode is the first in a series of four on feedback and this series is for you if you want to:  In today’s episode […]

​​Knowing your leadership values is a vital part of being an effective leader. When you’re in touch with your values – and live them every day – you can be more transparent, make better decisions, build stronger relationships and trust in your school, and inspire others.  In this episode you’ll discover what leadership values are […]

Ep 16: The Power of Values: Leading with authenticity and purpose


As leaders, we’re always learning. And in today’s episode, we’re diving deep into the topic of learning in leadership, whether you’re an emerging, middle, or senior leader.  We’ll talk about why having the right mindset and heartset is so important, and how without cultivating these first, any learning might not be as effective.  I’ll also […]

Ep 15: Unlocking learning: Strategies to learn and grow at every level of leadership

Positive leadership

Building a high-performing team is crucial for success in any organisation. But building a high performing team isn’t always easy. Many challenges can arise, from conflicting personalities to unproductive meetings. The key is to create a positive team culture that promotes trust, communication, and a growth mindset. In today’s episode, the third part of our […]

Creating a culture of connection is essential in school because feeling like we belong is a core human need. When we feel disconnected this can negatively impact our well-being, our thinking, our productivity and so much more.  In this episode, the second in the back-to-school series, we’ll take a deep dive into culture and explore […]

Ep 13: How to create a culture of connection in schools

Positive leadership

Stepping into a new leadership role can be both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or simply seeking actionable insights, this episode is packed with ideas to help you thrive.  As part of our back-to-school series, today we’ll explore the four Ps that will support your approach to leadership: people, purpose, […]

Ep 12: Strategies for success in a new leadership role

Positive leadership

Did you know that 82% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the end of January and 23% don’t even last a week? The truth is, most change initiatives fail and our brains are wired for survival and conserving energy. That means change can be a real challenge. In this episode, we are going to be […]