Turn and face the Strange – how to deliver long lasting cultural change
Jenny Brown - St Albans High School for Girls
You are most welcome to ‘Turn and Face the Strange’ of cultural change with me. As well as shamelessly providing an excuse to enjoy a great Bowie song, this workshop aims to help anyone who finds themselves leading change. For most Heads, this is an expected and welcome part of the role, for others the need for widespread organisational change can hit unawares. However you arrive at it, leading significant change is a challenging and complex business. If you would like to consider some practical first steps into change and think about the principles and practice behind change-leadership do come along. We will explore together the importance of identifying values, direction-setting, the way in which real change happens and look too at some of the ways it can go wrong. All this and a fairy tale, some Disney characters and a chameleon…
Jenny Brown was educated at North London Collegiate School and Oxford University, where she read English. She started her career publishing for Robert Maxwell at Pergamon Press, but the move into English teaching at Cranleigh School ‘felt like coming home’. She taught at Highgate School in 1995 and then South Hampstead High School in 2000. She was Head of English at Channing School and most recently Director of Senior School at St Paul’s Girls’ School. She sits on the Advisory Board of the New College of the Humanities and the Membership Committee of the HMC and Professional Development Committee of the GSA. Any leisure hours are full of John Donne, George Eliot, Jane Austen, editing her husband’s plays, swimming in very cold water and enjoying the company of her two teenaged children.
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