• HOW DO CHILDREN LEARN? IT’S AN IMPORTANT QUESTION TO EXPLORE

    By Anthony SemannSeptember 1, 2022

    When we consider what constitutes ‘quality’, my mind immediately goes to the question, ‘what difference do we make to the lives of children?’  We know education makes a difference, and it is through this intervention we know as ‘early childhood education’ that children encounter new ideas, theories and knowledge. However, not all teaching leads to … Read more

  • WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL STUPIDITY AND ITS LINK TO REFLECTION?

    By Anthony Semann

    Academic Matt Alvesson and his colleagues coined the term functional stupidity to refer to the phenomenon where people in an organisation do precisely what is expected of them uncritically and follow the unspoken rules without pausing for thought. In observing such practices, they no longer challenge the rules or conventions because they believe what is … Read more

  • Restorative Conversations

    By Anthony SemannJuly 20, 2020

    We all have moments at work where we either want to scream or stomp a little! When communicating with colleagues becomes difficult or near impossible we need a new strategy to overcome the ‘communication hurdle’. A brillant tool for achieving this goal is called Restorative Practice, or as I like to call them restorative conversations. … Read more

  • It’s not what you say that matters. It’s what you do!

    By Anthony SemannJuly 13, 2020

    Words are just words, and in the world today there are consulting firms and marketing agencies employed to advise leaders about what to say and how to say things. However, in the end, all that matters is what you do, not what you say. The words we use, the values we espouse, and the impressive … Read more

  • 3 steps to navigate frustrations

    By Anthony SemannJune 19, 2020

    Have you felt entrapped by the surge of frustration coursing through your body? It can pounce without notice! Sometimes it builds from small things turning into deep murmurings. If it is left to fester it drives varying size wedges between us. To avoid this potential disaster at work we have to be ready with a … Read more

  • Let’s talk about etiquette: Facebook and beyond

    By Anthony Semann

    Okay first things first, I am a voyeur when it comes to Facebook. I read more than I contribute, I squeal with joy, I shudder in despair, I am astonished, I am amazed, and sometimes I forget to breathe in despair with some things that I read online. Welcome to the world of Facebook. A place … Read more

  • Brain Facts

    By Anthony Semann

    MAKING CONNECTIONS A child is born with over 100 billion neurons or brain cells. That’s enough neurons to last a lifetime, since no more neurons will develop after birth. These neurons form connections, called synapses, which make up the wiring of the brain. (Don’t worry, these terms are defined later) EARLY EXPERIENCES At age eight … Read more

  • Creating a thinking organisation

    By Anthony Semann

    Recently I was facilitating a professional development program and posed the following question to the participants ‘Do you define your workplace as a thinking organisation’. This question was met with silence. As such I presented a follow up question, ‘Imagine this, if we were to see employees as a knowledge library, how many books are … Read more

  • Manage time? Who can?

    By Anthony SemannJune 11, 2020

    Lets face it time waits for no one! Time keeps ticking away regardless of our efforts to squeeze in more and more into our day. The question then stands: Can we really be successful at time management. Clearly no one can manage time. Maybe this is why it is a source of constant frustration for … Read more