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Richard Gerver is a world-renowned speaker on education, leadership and change. He worked in education for 20 years and was the award-winning headteacher of Grange Primary School. Richard is now an international speaker who works regularly with schools and global businesses, including Google, Visa, Microsoft, and elite and professional sporting organisations. He is the bestselling author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today and is a regular media commentator. Follow Richard on Twitter: @richardgerver.
The author, an acclaimed headteacher, author and international speaker, talks a lot about empowerment and this inspiring read should empower teachers, governors and parents to have the confidence to resist a data and results-driven efficiency agenda from usurping the true function of education. As he says “The human race has not evolved and developed through history because of a focus on efficiency; it has evolved because of our natural-born curiosity and our desire to learn, to challenge, to innovate and to be better”. The 2013 OECD “Skills Outlook” report which he references emphasises that education has to fit young people for a rapidly changing future. He is emphatically child-centred and believes that empowerment extends to them as well. A successful school works in partnership with learners and with the external community it serves but is, in and of itself, a collaborative learning community too. His mantra is “systems and structures change nothing; people do” A school can only be as good as its teachers and for both teachers and students it has to provide trust, security and a common purpose. His thoughtful analysis of what and why change is needed, with examples learned beyond education will provide a sustaining boost to morale for any teacher struggling in difficult circumstances and a timely reminder to those in charge to raise their heads above the parapet and stand up for the future of learning. This valuable read is not a practical how-to guide at all, nor an angry polemic, but rather a genuinely heartfelt plea to put purpose and people over structures and tests. He successfully advocates Ghandi’s challenge: “Be the change you want to be”
Es la vida compleja o somos nosotros quienes la complicamos? Richard Gerver en este su tercer libro: Simple Thinking, hace caer en la cuenta al lector sobre la innata facilidad de las personas para complicar lo sencillo. Nos abre los ojos ante la compleja realidad de vida; una realidad que podria hacerse mas sencilla si llegaramos a desarrollar lo que el llama un pensamiento simple. Gerver muestra comportamientos para despejar y ordenar la mente y ayudarnos as a liberar el verdadero potencial de cada persona. Argumenta sabiamente: el xito no es complicado. Nos invita a aprender de los ms pequeos, para los que todo es posible. Con esta obra aprenderemos a apreciar en ellos, y desarrollar en nosotros mismos, la capacidad de vivir y actuar con resiliencia, autenticidad y pasin; de creer en nosotros mismos, sin importar lo que otros piensen; de renovar nuestros pensamientos, comportamientos y acciones; de dejar atrs las cadenas que nos impiden alcanzar nuestras metas. En definitiva, un libro sencillo para simplificar nuestra vida y as alcanzar el xito y la felicidad. Un texto hecho de sentido comn, el cual resulta ser a menudo el menos comn de los sentidos.
Simple behaviours that unclutter your mind and help you realise your true potential Awaken your passion and tap into your inner greatness as you remove the metaphorical clutter from your life with Simple Thinking. You'll learn how to expand your mind and understand your true potential through the power of thinking simply, while stripping back the jargon and digging to the core of any obstacle in your way. Let's be honest, life is full of unnecessary complexity and it's left most of us confused, angry and disenfranchised. This book will help you to remove the baggage, cut through the clutter and begin your smooth path to success. Learn how to: * Live and act with resiliency, authenticity and passion * Learn to trust your instincts again and see the world through new eyes * Recalibrate your thoughts, behaviours and actions * Declutter your mind, streamline your day and be successful at life Simple wisdom, simply shared, is personal development unplugged and when you begin peeling back the layers to expose the heart of the problem, you become well-equipped to devise a simpler, yet more effective solution. Simple Thinking will help you in achieving this state of clarity and confidence.
'It's time to focus on the needs of our children, not the whims of our politicians, to provide a way forward for a new landscape in education.' Is our education system working? What future are we preparing our children for? What future do we NEED to prepare our children for? Are we at risk of failing a generation? In this updated edition of renowned education speaker Richard Gerver's book we are faced with these worrying questions and many more regarding the schools our children are attending, the curriculum they are following and the testing system used to categorise them. In this rousing call for educational revolution, Richard argues passionately that we must fight harder for our children's futures and we must do it today! Richard describes the strategies he used when he was brought in as head teacher to turn around Grange Primary school. It was there that he implemented his vision for a school system that caters for every child; a system that helps nurture self-confidence, self-worth, creativity, innovative thinking, team-working and communication skills - all key employability skills that children will need in the fast-moving world of technology and information they are growing up in. Richard is now the second most successful education speaker in the world behind Sir Ken Robinson, who describes Richard as 'one of the clearest and most passionate voices for radical change in education' and wrote the foreword for this book. Richard has updated Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today based on his visits to schools on every continent, his conversations on education with teachers and industry-leading visionaries such as Steve Wozniak, and in the context of an education system that he fears is forgetting the future we need to prepare our children for. Reforms, tweaks and new policies are not enough - a radical transformation is needed. If you read only one Education manifesto in the next year, this is it! Join the conversation: #Edvision
Change by Richard Gerver will give you all you need to understand change, to adapt to change, and to inspire others to do the same. 'To be successful, you have to be able to adapt to change' - Sir Alex Ferguson The pace of change is greater than ever. We all face new challenges every day in our jobs and in our personal lives. Those who can handle change are the most fulfilled. Those who fear change will find it hardest to thrive. As a head teacher, Richard Gerver famously transformed a failing school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world - in just two years. He inspired staff and teachers to reach their full potential. As a hugely popular speaker and author, he now helps individuals and companies to embrace change. This book is his powerful personal reflection on change. Full of wisdom and practical insights, it will help you in any situation you face. Whether you are leading a company through change or looking for a new direction in life, let Richard Gerver be your guide. 'Filled with memorable stories and jammed with useful, actionable approaches to befriending, dealing with and profiting from change' Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and The Icarus Deception 'In this perceptive and heartfelt book, [Gerver] helps us see change as an opportunity for creative reinvention' Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element As a head teacher, Richard Gerver famously transformed a failing school into one of the most creative and celebrated education environments in the world. In 2005, he was named Headteacher of the Year at the National Teaching Awards. He is now one of the UK's most popular speakers, with an international roster of clients including Google, Microsoft, and RBS. He makes frequent appearances on the BBC and has written for The Times and the Daily Telegraph. His first book was Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today. He lives in Derbyshire with his wife and two children.