Working together in complex systems

Pray and Spray (ain’t the way)…

6 June, 2022

At MyST, part of the role of each team is to offer something useful to our professional partners so that together, we can make a positive impact upon children’s wellbeing. This partnership approach aims to bring about systems changes which are greater than the sum of their parts. It’s a little bit like the art […]

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What & how?

‘What’ and ‘How’…

14 April, 2021

Each week, the two of us meet together as a leadership pair to share information, explore challenges and agree ways forward. As well as helping us to make decisions, our weekly exchanges also help us to stand back and take a meta-perspective, to see the bigger picture, to notice themes. During one such meeting recently, […]

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Pass the parcel – A story of fractals

3 July, 2020

Last week, my daughter was the first of our family to have a lockdown birthday. A new experience for all of us, she seemed to navigate her way with ease. She knew exactly what she’d like to do to celebrate, and ‘pass the parcel’ was right up there. This good old party favourite didn’t disappoint. […]

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Let it breathe

26 June, 2020

One of the guilty secrets of being a middle aged parent is taking the opportunity to pilfer the forbidden fruits of the cultural property of youth. Unfortunately, my children are getting wise to my misdemeanours and my nearly teenage daughter now tells me straight if I have strayed into trainers that are too platform or […]

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The good old British class system

29 May, 2020

Remember that classic sketch parodying the British class system with Ronnie Corbett as the working class man, Ronnie Barker as the middle class fellow and John Cleese as the upper class chap? It goes something like; ‘I look up to him because he is upper class, but I look down on him because he is […]

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A story from Zen teaching

26 May, 2020

A story sometimes used by Zen teachers goes something like this: A man was walking up a road as dusk was falling when he came across another man underneath a street lamp, kicking around in the leaves on the pavement and looking perturbed. The passer-by asked ‘What are you doing?’. The man replied ‘I’ve lost […]

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