A few weeks ago I gave a talk at a Human Resources social circle hosted by NZLEAD. When I was first asked me to present at the event I said, "but I don't know anything about HR."
"Exactly," the director replied, "what I want you to do is talk about your experiences in education and let HR professionals make connections in their own context."
So along I went to the event and nervously chit-chatted to people as they filed in the door. My anticipation grew as I started to realise that many of these people were HR managers at major NZ companies - I was feeling a bit stressed as I was the only speaker - I didn't want to disappoint. Soon the time came for me to talk and I discussed the difference between modernisation and transformation and what it looks like in an educational context. Check out my notes here!
Then came the best part - the feedback. There were lots of heads nodding as I discussed how modernisation is often confused for transformation and how 'new' doesn't necessarily mean 'improved.' After my talk the group, of about 20, spent the next 20 minutes asking me questions - and lots of them! The event then broke up into informal conversation amongst smaller groups with conversations about how my experiences in education related to their HR context. It was interesting to listen in and the following are a few of my take-aways:
I left the event reflecting that it's not just HR professionals who can learn from trends in educational change - but actually we, as teachers and schools, can build much stronger communities and better support our students if we inquire into what's happening in other industries. As an educator I feel blessed to be exploring variety and scope within the profession, however I still feel the insular tone of my learning and think I could benefit from knowing more about the challenges, innovations and opportunities occurring in other sectors .... perhaps we all could.
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