The cohort of Trust leaders on our Leading a Whole Education at Trusts programme recently took part in Apple’s International Leaders Programme in Cupertino, California. The visit was designed to help them understand how Apple has created a high-performance culture and put their vision into practice across the organisation.
Here some of the participants reflect on their experience.
The importance of collaborating with like-minded WE Trust leaders
Participants agreed the experience was hugely enhanced by experiencing it with other, like-minded Trust leaders – helping them think about applying the learning in their own context
- “Enjoy being surrounded by fellow professionals who take their work seriously, but not themselves” (Tony Nelson, Hazeley Academy)
- “A remarkable opportunity to discuss and share with other education leaders, within Apple, and beyond. A real affirmation of the talented leadership the education system has in abundance” (Jo Morgan, Shaw Education Trust)
- “Most of all, it empowered you to grow as a leader and create relationships with other leaders that will last much longer than this short trip” (Gareth Williams, LiFE MAT)
- “So valuable to also spend extended time with trust colleagues who share similar values and goals” (Jon Culpin, Anglian Learning)
- “Finally, it was humbling to be around such talented people and great human beings: Apple staff, Whole Ed and our brilliant team of fellow MAT leaders…. people ultimately make the difference” (Dawn Haywood, Windsor Academy Trust)
- “Spending a week with so many inspirational school leaders, who I was in awe of, was the greatest CPD I could ask for – Thank you each and every one of you! I received some wise words from a number of you and look forward to putting some of this advice into practice” (Gavin Evans, Skills for Life Trust)
Being intentional about culture
- “How you actively ensure your vision and values are reflected by the overt intent demonstrated in everything you do” (Jo Morgan, Shaw Education Trust)
- “DELIBERATE INTENT – The whole process reaffirmed my viewpoint that looking after the small details reaps reward. Listening to the right people, making the right decisions and importantly thinking about how it makes people” (Gavin Evans, Skills for Life Trust)
- “Simplify everything. Assume that you over complicate every system that you put in place, revisit it and get rid of everything apart from the essential components.” (Les Hall, Mounts Bay)
- “Investing heavily and relentlessly in vision/values and norms as opposed to bureaucratic processes – helps you to keep agile, focussed and creative- hugely pertinent to Trusts” (Tony Nelson, Hazeley Academy)
- “I have realised they have made what could be seen as complex very simple through their unrelenting drive for near perfection in their products. I feel that on reflection what I felt was a complicated organisation like mine with a mix of 17 schools and various Local Authorities… can be made simple if you re visit what your intentionality is with a clear vison of your core purpose and that this is made clear to all stakeholders.” (Emily Massey, Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust)
Look out for more blogs and thinkpieces from our LAWET study tour soon. Find out more about the programme on our website.