Leadership Videos

A range of videos that you could use for discussion in your leadership team. Click on the blue triangles to view them (YouTube access required).

triangle-go Paving the cattle track
Michael McQueen

“Many organisations fall into the trap of finding more and more efficient ways to do ineffective things – something I refer to as ‘paving the cattle track’.

In this short video post, I examine how to avoid this common pitfall by clarifying the things that need a fundamental re-thinkrather than a superficial re-tread.”


triangle-go VASSP’s YouTube channel has a series of videos from our meetings. A few examples of what’s available:

triangle-go Chris Bonnor speaks on what is happening to school funding and the increasing gap between rich and poor. His voice is hampered by a cold, but his message is strong.

triangle-go Will Richardson – Waves of change: new contexts for learning in the modern world.

triangle-go John Hattie on The State of Education in Australia: Opportunities, Tensions and the Future. 

triangle-go Jane Caro – What Parents Want From a School.


triangle-go What great schools do

John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, shares his thoughts on what great schools do.


triangle-go Learned helplessness

Workers stuck on an escalator – they are so bound by rules that they can’t act independently.


triangle-go It’s not about the nail

How good a listener are you?


triangle-goAn Optimist

Two men discuss optimism at the loneliest bar in the world.

As a leader, you need to stay positive. That’s not always easy.


triangle-go First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

If you’ve learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let’s watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons.


triangle-go The FISH philosophy 

is about engaging people and includes four simple, interconnected practices:

Be There: When people need you, they need all of you. Setting aside distractions and judgments to be fully present is a sign of respect. It improves communication and strengthens relationships.

Play: You can be serious about your work without taking yourself so seriously. Play is a mindset more than a specific activity. It allows you to throw yourself with enthusiasm and creativity into whatever you are doing, in a way that is natural, not forced. “Playing” with ideas helps you find solutions to everyday challenges.

Make Their Day: Simple gestures of thoughtfulness, thanks and recognition make people feel appreciated and valued. When you make someone else feel good, you feel good too.

Choose Your Attitude: To actually choose how you respond to life, not just react, you must be intentional. When you get up, decide who you want to “be” today. Moment-to-moment awareness is key. Ask yourself throughout the day, “What is my attitude right now? Is it helping the people who depend on me? Is it helping me to be most effective?”