You may have gathered yesterday that I was very excited to have attended the SBM Roundtable event in Camelot (sorry Birmingham - I can't suppress the fantasy/fiction/ myth lover in me). However, in the cold light of a new morning, after my brain has had chance to sort out and reflect on all the information… Continue reading One small voice
I won't lie, my head is literally buzzing from my first "round table" of SBMs event held in Birmingham today. The opportunity to talk about the election manifestos and future policy making was just too great a draw and something I've wanted to be more involved in for a long time. So I threw my… Continue reading The SBM Roundtable
What does it mean to be a School Business Manager?
Over morning coffee in the garden today Barry welcomed "Mr Robin", a frequent visitor who has been stalking us for some time. I, of course, queried why it was "Mr" Robin and discovered his belief that it was only the males with the red breast. A quick google confirmed that male and female robins are… Continue reading Are you an SBM?
Being an SBM can be overwhelming but fear is not an option...
Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable evening playing with Michael Porter's Value Chain (and my colouring pencils - I'm finding it difficult to suppress that creative urge at the moment!) I've always maintained that there are very few business theories that can't be applied to schools just by swapping profit for results. It is important… Continue reading How does Value Chain work in School?
The SBM plans, plans, and plans again. Hope is not a strategy...
Your success as an SBM is never going to be about luck...
As a new user of Twitter I've been rather dismayed by conversations around reports of numerous SBMs leaving the profession due to isolation, pressures of work and an increasingly challenging role in schools. I don't know why I'm surprised by this because half way through my own career I seriously considered abandoning the role of… Continue reading Luck is not a factor
Let me ask you..."Do you trust me?" A simple question to which the answer, especially if asked by someone perceived to be in a position of authority, is invariably a hesitant 'yes', (although usually tempered by a sudden overwhelming feeling of insecurity.) Don't. I'll be the first one to stand up and tell you that… Continue reading Trust is not a control