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  1. Phoebe Davis says:

    Kia ora Greg thoroughly enjoyed this blog. Got me thinking and inspired  me to take on the  Red Teaming kaupapa in the mahi I do. Refocused and redefined some of the way Im thinking and working…..Ngā mihi

  2. Tēnā koe Greg, your post is genuinely exciting to read. It can be so hard to actively break the goals in their formative stage and face the daily resistance that process brings with it, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't stop trying! I really appreciate your level of sharing and thinking as it has certainly helped me refocus my thinking around a challenging situation… Definitely adding to my reading list for the week. Ka kite. James

    1. Greg Carroll says:

      Hi James,

      In the work I do people seem to appreciate that I am actively soliciting the diverse and challenging perspectives.  Rather than people feeling like I am pitching a 'product' to them it is about challenging and changing personal beliefs.  

      Tools like the eLearning Planning Framework online tool are great ways that schools and kura can gather this information for themselves too.  



  3. Greg Carroll says:

    Kia ora Phoebe

    Glad it has prompted some reflection and thinking …. that was the intent :-).  I think we have lots to learn about change management and effective strategic planning from fields that are very different from the sometimes quite insular and closeted world of education.  Lets face it, if you are in the military (for example – to take the extreme case) the stakes could well much higher for ineffective strategic or short term planning.  

    Thanks, Greg

  4.' Angela Clemens says:

    Tēnā koe Greg.

    Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on Red Teaming. I recently used the term 'disrupt' with regards to options for designing school curriculum to include financial capability, and received a positive response from some people – and a "Ooh, that's a bit violent" response from others. Good to be reminded that we all respond to such visceral words differently, which may or may not help promote an idea. I appreciate your suggestion of Red Teaming  as an alternative – and I like its historical link, too. Will go back to your earlier blog so thanks for revisiting. Ngā mihi. Angela.

    1. Greg Carroll says:

      Hi Angela

      In the business world Red Teaming (or maybe scenario planning or some other term) is widely used to enable companies to plan with as much certainty as possible and predict the future so as to be prepared for multiple possible outcomes.  In schools we are sometimes blindsided by the 'didn't expect that reaction' scenario.  The RT concept may help us predict and be prepared for this a little more?

      I agree language is a key part of change leadership isn't it.  I know in my work I tend to frame things as provocations (deriving the concept from the Reggio sense of a stimulus or something that makes us think).  Change is disruptive by definition and sometimes in schools and education people being completely happy all the time is given too great an emphasis I believe.  Creative discomfort is a good thing?  I had a principal colleague once who observed that his staff were often too comfortable and he needed to provide them with a little bit more discomfort in order to promote more rapid change (for the benefit of the kids).

      (provocation alert ….) We do expect kids to be uncomfortable and challenged in their learning every day.  But in the staff room happiness and comfort are sometimes the indexes of success?  Should this be the case?

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