26 episodes

Everything rests on leadership. Each fortnight on PiXL’s Leadership Bookclub, Rachel Johnson, PiXL CEO, will be joined by two school leaders to discuss one non-educational leadership book that can change the way we think, teach, and lead.

Reflecting, they talk about the lessons they have learned about their own leadership, and the result is honest, candid conversation, with practical takeaways for all educators.

PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership

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    • 4.7 • 24 Ratings

Everything rests on leadership. Each fortnight on PiXL’s Leadership Bookclub, Rachel Johnson, PiXL CEO, will be joined by two school leaders to discuss one non-educational leadership book that can change the way we think, teach, and lead.

Reflecting, they talk about the lessons they have learned about their own leadership, and the result is honest, candid conversation, with practical takeaways for all educators.

PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership

    Please Yourself

    Please Yourself

    Whether it’s within schools, our personal lives, or any other professional endeavour, many of us find ourselves falling into patterns of wanting to be liked and pleasing others. When we forgo our own needs for the needs and requests of others, this becomes a pressing issue, especially when we are in positions where we need to lead. In this final episode of the third series of the Leadership Book Club, PiXL CEO Rachel Johnson is joined by experienced school leaders Mags Gee and Jay Davenport as they unpick each of their own valuable takeaways from Psychotherapist Emma Reed Turrell’s life changingly insightful book, ‘Please Yourself: How to Stop People-Pleasing and Transform the Way You Live’. These leaders explore how they identify their own people-pleasing tendencies, and how, using the practical advice uncovered within the pages of this book, they can ensure they are pleasing themselves, without compromising the best interests of each situation they are leading. Emma Reed Turrell has worn a multitude of hats throughout her life, from reading English at Cambridge University, to working in sales and marketing roles, but it is her passion of psychotherapy where she holds immense impact. In her debut book ‘Please Yourself’ she outlines how to care about others in the right way, and ultimately, help you better yourself, too. 
    PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership
    PiXL Leadership Bookclub is a We Are In Beta production.
    Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically.

    • 46 min
    Accomplishment

    Accomplishment

    Rachel Johnson, Sonia Thompson and Tracey Swinburne discuss Accomplishment by Sir Michael Barber.  Listen to these school leaders explore their various fears and how they have countered those fears. They discuss the practical things you can do to get yourself unstuck and move forward, and suggest ways to effectively communicate your school's vision and values. Sir Michael Barber is a global leader in system delivery and change, former policy director under Prime Minister Tony Blair, and a renowned educationist. In Accomplishment, he distils complex processes to manageable steps, encouraging us to “Speak plainly, speak clearly and listen with care” with the promise that if you can do that, you can accomplish anything.
    PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership
    PiXL Leadership Bookclub is a We Are In Beta production.
    Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically.

    • 35 min
    Think Again

    Think Again

    If we have the humility and curiosity to reconsider our beliefs, we can always reinvent ourselves. That’s what Adam Grant argues in his book ‘Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.' Rachel Johnson (PiXL, CEO), Shayne Elsworth (Vice Principal, Bede Academy) and Ruth Georgiades (Deputy Head, Tring School) discuss the states you operate in when you don’t stay curious, where the sweet spot is and how to get there. They talk about why it’s important to be open, how to go about being more curious yourself and how they have helped others to be. They explore the three negative modes you might fall into when you aren’t ‘Thinking Again’ and how to avoid them. How are you encouraging others to be open and curious in your school?
    PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership
    PiXL Leadership Bookclub is a We Are In Beta production.
    Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically.

    • 48 min
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking

    This episode, the book up for discussion is 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking' by Susan Cain. Senior leaders Rachel Ball of Co-op Academy Walkden and Carl Smith of Casterton College join PiXL's CEO, Rachel Johnson, to share their thoughts on how we can best serve the introverts, as well as the extroverts, in our schools – both staff and students. It is predicted that almost 50% of us have dominant introverted traits, and yet so much of our current work/school environment is built around extroverted ideals. The discussion flows around classroom setup, reframing 'quiet' as a negative trait, recruitment biases towards extroverted behaviours and utilising technology to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn and be heard.
    PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership
    PiXL Leadership Bookclub is a We Are In Beta production.
    Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically.

    • 44 min
    No Rules Rules

    No Rules Rules

    In this episode, Rachel Johnson speaks with senior leaders Taz Johal (Assistant Headteacher, Brookvale Groby) and Maria Williams (Headteacher, Brigshaw High School) about Reed Hastings' (Netflix, CEO) and Erin Meyer's book 'No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention'. This leadership book has some fascinating insights from business and sparks much discussion around ideas which could translate well into the education world, as well as some which might would not. The conversation covers three key areas: building talent density, increasing candour, and reducing 'controls', with lots of discussion around vision alignment, feedback, and continually developing staff.
    PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership
    PiXL Leadership Bookclub is a We Are In Beta production.
    Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically.

    • 42 min
    The Culture Code

    The Culture Code

    In this episode, Rachel is joined by school leaders, Dan Cowling (Headteacher, Oak Wood School, Hillingdon) and Sam Butterfield (Head of Pedagogy in Melbourne) to discuss 'The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups' by Daniel Coyle. The trio talk about the insights they've gleaned regarding improving school cultures, mixed with their own experiences, after reading the book. How we can we create environments in which responsibility is non-hierarchical, leadership is humble, vulnerability is praised, and all members feel psychologically safe and valued?
    PiXL is a partnership organisation of thousands of schools, colleges and alternative education providers spanning KS1-5. Find out more about how you could gain value from a PiXL subscription: https://www.pixl.org.uk/membership
    PiXL Leadership Bookclub is a We Are In Beta production.
    Subscribe now to download every episode directly to your phone automatically.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Great book summaries and practical insights

This podcast is perfect for a teacher/school leader on a dog walk or whilst commuting. With a diverse range of guests and non-educational leadership books selected there are lots of takeaways every time! Get listening.

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