NZ – 9 cities, 9 talks in 3 weeks

I start the talks tomorrow night in Auckland, before heading down the island and dropping temperatures.

Oh, what it is to retire from the Uni! Back home mid September.

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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

My next speaking engagement: Oslo, Norway!

Never been to Europe but that is about to change.

I’ve accepted an invitation to present 2 keynotes and a workshop in Oslo, Norway, at the Learning Festival conference. (25-26 April.

The invitation came from Ingebjørg (Conference convenor), a person I was introduced to, over 10 years ago while working at the University of Waikato. We connected then, as we do now with our shared interest in advancing the uptake of Appreciative Inquiry as a strengths-based strategy for growth and change. These interests are caught and taught in my book on Relational Leadership in Education (Routledge, 2019).

The other conference convenor was Professor Kenneth Gergen, the champion of ‘social constructionist’ theory and practice. I regularly draw on his work in ‘an introduction to social constructionism’ and ‘relational beings’.

Details on the conference can be found in the website which follows:

Til later, take care



We’ve turned into an exciting year of change.

Officially stepping down from my position at Flinders (7/7). Learning to live & walk differently.

Take care


Book launch 15 November

Dear colleagues

Relational Leadership in Education: A Phenomenon of Inquiry and Practice by Professor David Giles is now out (available through Routledge).

Save the date for a book launch with David on Thursday 15th November, 2018, 5:30pm-7:30pm, to be held at Flinders at Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 2). All welcome!

You are invited to join David and his colleagues within the Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute to share dialogue around key themes of his book.


David is retiring Professor of Educational Leadership, and former Dean of the School of Education at Flinders University.

Kind regards

Dr Joshua Spier

BA, MIntl&CommDev, PhD

Adjunct Research Associate in the Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute (FEFRI)

College of Education, Psychology & Social Work

Sturt Road, Bedford Park South Australia 5042

GPO Box 2100 Adelaide SA 5001

M: +61 434 203 008

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Counting down to 7 August 2019

Pauline and I have named the date of my retirement from Flinders (3 days after turning 60!). I have to say that I am really excited by the decision, this being a transition to new possibilities which includes more time with our adult children and grandchildren.

Stepping back, I point to my new book, ‘Relational Leadership in Education’ as my last major work in my time at Flinders.

I know that I have at least 3 more co-authored books in me. I have started writing with others to this end; all around Relational leadership in practice that I am keen to get back to. My co-authors constantly ‘live out relational sensibility’s’ in their everyday lives. More to this on another occasion.

What else? Not sure but we do have aspirations to proactively engage with individuals, schools and organisations towards relational outcomes be that through

  • Presenting on educational leadership
  • Advice and guidance
  • Mentoring individuals
  • Coaching leaders & leadership teams
  • Facilitating the construction of school wide professional development.

Early days I know, but educational purposes and practices will be an ongoing concern that remains as a thread in my life.

So I put it to you- in the spirit of celebrating a retirement – what other activities do you suggest we explore?

Look forward to hearing from you!

BTW – thanks to so many that have encouraged us to date!


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