When I qualified as a teacher in the 90s I knew that it was going to be tough. The hours and days that you spend just to make it through each week was phenomenal. To look towards a promotion or to make your career progress was going to take a big sacrifice.

In some parts of society there is a thought that success should be handed to some on a silver plate. That if you make it or become “famous” then you have made it. The followers of this blog will know my thoughts on those who clamber for fame.

I have been part of organisations and seen how people have worked for what they believe in. I have seen those who have put their heart and soul into their organisations and they have succeeded.

But and this is a big but, there are some who thinking that talking to others or networking isn’t part of making your business grow. I have people who are in the media and on TV who follow me on Twitter and from time to time there has been interaction. They have taken their time out to talk to you. Or they visibly have spoken to others. This is great for your ‘brand’.

In other words they are not sitting their with their finger up there ass on a pedestal. They are willing to give their time and effort to those people who put them there in the first place. They don’t neglect their roots and where they started.

Others who are starting off somehow neglect this. You want your organisation to grow get off your backside and work for it. Take every opportunity there is to promote what you believe in. This doesn’t mean becoming obnoxious like some sort of David Brent character. It means you are willing to open yourself to conversation and discussion.

It’s called work:

School Stabbing

It was about 2001 and I had to meet with a parents of a pupil who had brought a knife into school. At the time I thought it was going to be a simple case of telling the parents that we were deeply concerned at the matter and the people would be dealt accordingly at home as well as being suspended from school.

I explained the situation and the parents were completely indifferent. They thought that it was right that their son should bring a knife into school as he was being “picked on” and he did it to protect himself. Even after the meeting concluded and we had explained that under no circumstance should such a weapon be brought on to the premises they still believed that they were right to support their son. It was an appalling situation as the son joined us in the meeting and he looked exonerated. His parents condoned his actions.

I am deeply saddened by the news that a teacher has been stabbed to death in Leeds. But I am certainly not shocked at all at this situation. The rhetoric on news channels to say that schools are ultimately safe place just isn’t true. I believed that this would happen even all those years ago. Let’s hope something good comes of this terrible tragedy. Education is the key response to this.