I am loving the Pivot so far. The articles are all relevant and I have access to information that would be hard to find otherwise. I’m so excited to open my email and find out where you will be taking me and what I will be reflecting on. Also a great resource to share with my teachers, families and communities. - Jackie
At PDHQ we believe managers are the key.
To us it just makes sense.
The best investment for the future is an investment in our children;
- the best time to invest in children is in their early years,
- the best people to invest in children are their parents,
- today it's not realistic (or even desirable) for parents to be the only people investing in their children,
- early education plays an important role in the outcomes for children,
- teachers play a crucial role in the outcomes for children, therefore
- managers play a crucial role in the outcomes for teachers.
The manager is a pivotal person in our investment in our children.
Practical suggestions are what busy managers need.
We know how hectic a manager's life can be because we've been there ourselves.
Busy managers need practical ideas and solutions that they can put to work - quickly - without big overheads in time, effort or money. Managers just don't have the capacity to research all available choices, or the luxury of endless trial and error.
Steady, small steps achieve more in real life than big leaps.
We believe the most effective approach to professional development is one of continuous improvement. Of gradual change coming in small steady steps.
We take our inspiration from the elegant philosophy of Kaizen, used so successfully by Japanese industry. Kaizen promotes a focus on many small changes added up over time, to deliver big results.
Gradual change gets around our natural resistance to big disruptions - and 'small' fits into busy schedules. Overall it's just a more realistic (and more effective) way of bringing about long term results.
So we built The Pivot to be 'Kaizen' for your professional development. Small, manageable, regular improvements - each week - on autopilot.
Because remarkable children deserve remarkable managers.
...is a fully-registered teacher with over 30 years experience in early childhood – as teacher, manager, mentor and advisor. Coral still works 'on-the-floor' periodically to bring practical, real-life insights to The Pivot.
...has a BSc in chemistry and marketing, and an MBA (Hons). He has a background in research, marketing, and managing companies and not-for-profit organisations – with close to 25 years experience in the adult education sector.
...plus our team of experienced researchers and editors working hard to find solutions that real-world managers can apply.
Think of us as your personal professional development assistants, searching out information we find interesting and practical - and passing it on in a way that won't take up lots of your time.
Our aim is to share with you things you may want to think about, leaving you to make your own mind up about what works at your place.
We get frustrated when we have to read:
- long articles,
- articles written in heavy, hard-to-read language, and
- articles with no real-world application.
As a busy manager, long articles ask for too much time. Articles that use pompous language and jargon say the writer is out to impress, not help. Articles without practical ideas are simply a waste of precious time.
So we don't do it.