All entries for Wednesday 05 July 2006
July 05, 2006
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/5145882.stm
I'd forgotten about this particular educational initiative. Notable for two reasons:
– it is always difficult to kill things off but right to do it sometimes (although suspect it was years overdue)
– I was distracted by the headline – the idea of a Warwick–style Learning Grid but on a national scale just struck me as bizarre.
OK, so yesterday afternoon, following the opening of the conference, we had two really rather good sessions on the Leadership and Management strand. First up were Ewart Wooldridge (Leadership Foundation) and Jon Baldwin on leadership in HE. Best bit was a very apposite quote from Adlai Stevenson (which I had not heard before):
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
After that we had Lars Ekholm on the Scandinavian experience of academic leadership – very interesting stuff.
First session this morning – Strategic Management in times of uncertainty – was delivered, with some style as ever, by Mike Shattock. A very helpful reminder of the way we do things here…or at least try to.