This thought came to me today –

Being a relational leader in education is not a matter of fiction, but conviction.


What’s in a name?

Three months ago, I retired from Flinders University to embark on a new season of my professional life in educational consultancy.

I have an aspiration of wanting to ‘give back’ and ‘influence’ Educational Leaders in schools and tertiary systems, by exploring with them (and their staff), what life-centric practice might look like in their particular context.

My focus is on South Australia and New Zealand in the first instance, although I would appreciate your referrals.

I have named my consultancy, “Life-centric Educational Consultancy”.

What’s in a name?

I first constructed this title back in 2003 when I was reading literature for my doctorate. This was when I first came across Appreciative Inquiry and, as they say, the rest is history.

My quest to explore the ‘life’ of an organisation and its’ leadership still catches my imagination.

I look forward to your interaction.


Heading off to NZ

This month we continue our consultancy in NZ within 2 schools. We have worked in the schools before. They are places that give me a sense of life. It’s so refreshing to hear the aspirations of these leaders.


Speaking tour across New Zealand (August)

I have accepted an offer to be the 2019 International Visiting Scholar for the NZEALS (New Zealand Education Administration and Leadership Society).

While the tentative schedule of venues and times is being finalised, the role provides an opportunity to give a public address in each of the 8 regional branches across New Zealand.

Likely dates:

13 August – Auckland

14 August – Hamilton

15 August – Tauranga

20 August – New Plymouth

21 August – Wellington

22 August – Nelson

27 August – Christchurch

28 August – Dunedin.

I’ll update this blog as decisions are finalised. Leave a comment if you have particular questions.

Very exciting – might see you there


Retirement + opportunity

I have my feet up, my dog at my side sound asleep, and a growing realisation that a siesta is on its way! Retiring has its benefits.

While officially I am retiring from Flinders University, I’m nowhere near retirement in terms of contributing to ideas and developments around relational leadership, leadership development, and education more generally.

I intend to be proactive in terms of my writing and being available for consultancy work across Australia and New Zealand. All suggestions and ideas welcome.

For now, David

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