September 10, 2017

When your staff grows over 20/25, the systems that have so far enabled you to move forward are just not good enough anymore.  You cannot manage everyone anymore and you cannot give attention to what matters: your people.

If you do not run your now substantial business e...

August 24, 2017

The value in coordinating schools into Multiple Academy Trusts is still unclear when so many MATs cannot demonstrate impact. SIS’s work with MATS over the last three years has shown that, as a group, Head teachers often recognise that people, culture, change management...

May 18, 2017

Priming: What are you working towards and what is getting in your way?

1.   What worked and what didn’t?

2.   If you were at your best, what would you do right now?

3.   What would you advise your best friend to do if they were in your situat...

May 17, 2017

Diagnostic Audit: 

  • Financial performance so far

  • Financial profile

  • Management’s capacity to sustain procurement, supply chain and customer satisfaction and cash flow

  • Management’s capacity to adapt, innovate and future-proof

· Accelerated Performance:


May 15, 2017

The younger customers are leading the digital charge. They expect your product to go to them and if it's not accessible on the phone, then it is not accessible. So how do you use social media?

When the average younger customer walks onto the forecourt, nearly half have...

May 15, 2017

A lot of (very) late nights and a lot of difficult conversations but we have made it!  We have just finished a massive project. Roles and responsibilities have been reviewed and the business has found its pivot.  Making room for innovation is integrated into the weekly...

March 28, 2017

Multiple Academy Trusts (MATs) are complex entities. Identifying the gap between where an academy thinks it is and where it actually is, is normally done by a time consuming audit which relies on a lot of face-to-face interviews.  This is expensive and not always pract...

March 26, 2017

Let’s face it. Governors want to help but they do not always know how to help. Some have honed their management skills to a very high level and they are knowledgeable enough to know that giving advice which has not been requested does not always go down too well.

So a G...

March 26, 2017

The first questions is obviously to identify why someone is not performing. It is important to focus on outcomes rather than outputs. If this person is doing everything wrong and is getting outstanding results, then stay out of the way and learn.

If someone is not carry...

March 26, 2017


 Inspections are exercises which aim to identify gaps that you your school has created. Close these gaps and see the inspection run smoothly.

 Focus on attainment and achievement will take care of itself. Focusing on achievement is about accepting you do not i...

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