School improvement starts in the back row
You could neatly group people into two categories in life. Those who rush to occupy the back row and everyone else.
My colleague was running a training session at a school recently and had to continually ask the teachers sat at the back of the class to stop their own conversations. After a couple of warnings he ended up telling them to leave or shut up.
It’s no surprise that the individuals in question later grumbled that they didn’t know what was going on, they couldn’t keep up and that the session was too fast. That’s what tends to happen in life when you don’t pay attention. The real problem is that these type of people become a self fulfilling procephy. They talk or don’t pay attention, only to find they have fallen behind, so they go back to talking and repeat the cycle.
To build a successful organisation of any kind, whether it’s a local primary school or a global business requires the right type of culture. How far can you get when those you’re relying on do their best to distance themselves from improving?