I can’t tell you how many times I have heard conversations about students who arrive late, sit down the back of the class, talk through the lesson that is being delivered to them and generally show a lack of engagement to the process of learning.

You may think that this would be a typical staffroom conversation (and maybe it is) but it is also an observation we often make after thinking sessions we run with teachers.

I could give you examples like this for nearly every group we work with, the ones who desire transparency but who keep secrets, the ones who want to be trusted unconditionally but who are suspicious of everyone, the ones…

You could spend your days complaining about the behaviour of others or you could take control of the only thing you can control – your own behaviour.

Rather than lamenting others’ lack of appropriate behaviour, why not model the behaviour that you think would be the most productive?  Be transparent if you think that would be valuable, naively trust everyone you work with, be on time, be respectful…

Perhaps if you model the best behaviour you can think of you might find people living up to your expectations, not down to them!

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Written by Lisa Smith

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Lisa is a professional thinker dedicated to helping people unlock their innate creativity and to empower them to think differently – for themselves. She is passionate about building innovative cultures and about harnessing and engaging talent to create thinking communities. Lisa holds an MBA, specialising in organisational change and innovation, which forms the nucleus of her work. She relishes opportunities to share the Minds at Work thinking strategies with government bodies, socially responsible corporate, educators, community groups and farmers, helping them to turn their big ideas into realities.